#Snowpack gaining from ‘rivers’ of moisture (January 9, 2023) — The #GrandJunction Daily Sentinel

Click the link to read the article on The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel website (Dennis Webb). Here’s an excerpt:

A series of so-called atmospheric rivers flowing in from the West have been drenching Colorado with welcome snow that by Friday had helped lift the state’s snowpack level to 124% of normal for this time of year…In Colorado, [Atmospheric Rivers have] helped produce snowpack levels now totaling 146% of normal in the Yampa/White river basins, 136% in the Gunnison River Basin, 128% in the Upper Colorado River Basin, and 122% in combined river basins in far-southwestern Colorado, which has been particularly hit by drought over the years. Only the Arkansas River Basin (78%) and Upper Rio Grande Basin (91%) have below-normal snowpack in Colorado, according to federal Natural Resources Conservation Service snow-measurement data…

West Drought Monitor map January 3, 2023.

As of this week, none of western Colorado remains in drought. The last remaining areas of drought in the region, in far-southwestern and far-northwestern Colorado, improved after heavy snowfall consisting of 1 to 3 inches of liquid equivalent fell over the past week, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. Much of eastern Colorado remains in various stages of drought. Snowpack on Grand Mesa, important to meeting irrigation needs in surrounding valleys and providing some local municipal water supplies, is ranging between 130% and 157% of normal, according to the NRCS. Powderhorn Mountain Resort says it has gotten 150 inches of snow so far this season.

Carlyle Currier, a Molina rancher and president of the Colorado Farm Bureau, said that on top of the considerable snowpack, the ground under the snow is wet, “so that’s different than it’s been the last several years, since we’ve had a lot of rain in the fall.”

NRCS snowpack basin-filled map January 8, 2023 via the NRCS.

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