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Nearly half of Colorado emerges from drought conditions while Western Slope remains dry and at risk for fire
Precipitation has quenched 48% of the state even as the Western Slope dries out
Colorado’s major snowstorm only made a dent in the drought. These maps and graphs explain what’s going on.
The South Platte and Arkansas river basins are closer to average after last week’s precipitation, but the Western Slope remains painfully dry.
Despite recent snowstorms, Colorado’s drought conditions continue in “anomalous” direction
There were only seven other weeks in the past 20 years that have been as intensely dry as the state’s current status
Colorado’s drought keeps getting worse, with a quarter of the state now exceptionally dry
The long-term forecast for Colorado doesn’t look good, but experts say context is necessary.