DON’T PANIC: Here’s where Colorado’s #snowpack stands 28 days from the typical peak — Out There #Colorado

Click the link to read the article on the Out There Colorado website (Spencer McKee). Here’s an excerpt:

[Snowpack] is now at about 97 percent of the to-date median statewide following this week’s round of precipitation. The median peak snowpack is still 28 days away, so the next few weeks could be very telling as to where Colorado’s snowpack will end up this winter. If Colorado were to get no more snow for the rest of the year, it would be at 79 percent of the median peak snowpack…

Colorado Drought Monitor map March 8, 2022.

In terms of how this winter’s snowfall has impacted Colorado’s persistent drought issue, it’s still bad, but it’s not as bad as last year. According to data valid as of March 8 and released on March 10, about 92 percent of the state is under some level of drought. Obviously, that’s a lot, but three months ago, that number was 99.87 percent and last year, it was 98.57. Really, where the good news lies is in the level of more severe drought found around the state. One a four-level system, just six percent of Colorado falls under the two most severe stages of drought. This compares to 19 percent three months ago and 57 percent a year ago. There has been a very slight uptick in the most severe level of drought over the past week, but this is limited to 0.13 percent of the state, specifically in a slim portion of the southeast corner.

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