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Nearly half of Colorado emerges from drought conditions while Western Slope remains dry and at risk for fire

Recent rainfall has been a boon for eastern Colorado. The Front Range has enjoyed abundant precipitation and nearly half of the state’s geographic area has shed drought conditions, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. But the Western Slope hasn’t been blessed with the same precipitation levels, leaving a brutal drought and a high risk for […]

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Colorado’s major snowstorm only made a dent in the drought. These maps and graphs explain what’s going on.

Despite what multiple feet of snow on the ground might suggest to many Coloradans, the state’s long-term drought remains persistent. And water forecasters are worried that even if the state receives decent spring moisture, Colorado and the greater American Southwest will need lots more to emerge from this drought. The record-breaking storms that buried Front […]

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Despite recent snowstorms, Colorado’s drought conditions continue in “anomalous” direction

There’s no way to water this down: Colorado is really, really dry right now. Thursday’s drought monitor report estimates that 27.22% of the state is in “exceptional” drought, a category indicating drought conditions that historically have occurred every 50 years. This is up from 24.64% last week. The week-to-week increase came mostly from the southwestern […]

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Colorado’s drought keeps getting worse, with a quarter of the state now exceptionally dry

November in Colorado is usually a time for hyping up the winter powder season, speculating on how many snow days students will get and generally looking forward to flaky, fluffy precipitation. But with almost 25% of the state classified in “exceptional” drought status, as of the latest drought monitor report released Thursday, and little reprieve […]