Southern, western #Colorado still dry; #Denver, northern #Colorado get #drought relief — The #ColoradoSprings Gazette

Colorado Drought Monitor map May 11, 2021.

From The Colorado Springs Gazette (Evan Wyloge):

For the first time in a year, the Denver, Boulder and Fort Collins areas are no longer experiencing drought or abnormal dryness.

The return to normal for some of the state’s most populous areas comes after several waves of spring rain and snowstorms.

But the improved conditions come with a big caveat: Much of western Colorado remains in severe and exceptional drought, part of a regional pattern affecting the Southwest.

Conditions have improved in the areas around Colorado Springs and Pueblo as well, receding from severe and extreme drought into only moderate drought…

The precipitation patterns this winter favored the northern areas of the Front Range, she said.

Typical impacts of La Niña on U.S. winter temperature and precipitation. Such impacts have been associated with past episodes, but all impacts aren’t seen with every episode. NOAA Climate.gov drawing by Fiona Martin.

“It’s typical for a La Niña winter,” Bowen said about the winter weather pattern affecting North America this year…

Becky Bolinger, the assistant state climatologist at the Colorado Climate Center, said the drought still affecting the western part of the state fits with a trend over the past two decades…

Forecasts now predict southern Colorado has a higher-than-normal chance for large wildfires through June, [Peter] Goble said, and the same heightened risk of large wildfires for all of western Colorado through July.

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