national drought mitigation center
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.
Recent snowstorms are barely scratching the surface of Colorado’s ongoing drought
The state needed an above-average snow year this winter to reverse the drought’s momentum. Forecasts for the next few months aren’t optimistic, either.
All of Colorado is under drought status for the first time since 2013
Most of the state is in “severe drought,” with 17% in the most extreme category of “exceptional drought”