The statewide snowpack stands at just 60% of normal. Some areas of the state might have a hard time recovering from this early dry spell.
The 2023 water year was one of the wettest periods in over a century. “It was a season of abundance,” one reservoir manager said.
62% fewer insects were trapped in a pristine meadow near Gothic, a loss correlated with less winter snowfall, less summer rain and warmer temperatures
High spring runoff is contributing to road closures, flooding and even gaping sinkholes.
Fine soil from the Southwest is robbing the Colorado River of critical snowmelt. A scientist who monitors dust’s impact on snow wants state and federal leaders to take a closer look.
The technique offers highly accurate data, but creating a statewide, sustained program could be a challenge.
But if the deep snow melts too fast, the rafting season that might have been could end in a rush of dangerous water and debris.
Emergency managers are prepping for high spring runoff as a precaution, even as more snow piles on.
Deep mountain snow in Colorado is good news, but what really matters is how reservoirs and soil moisture are replenished when it melts
Colorado’s statewide snowpack is above average weeks ahead of normal seasonal peak