Snowpack in southern Colorado disappears, drought worsens ~ Denver 7 News

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By: Blair Miller

May 13, 2022 

Snowpack and drought levels comparable to fire-plagued summers of 2002, 2018

Southern Colorado’s snowpack is already on its last legs, reaching levels for this point in May only seen twice in the past 20 years – 2002 and 2018, which were both marked by large and destructive wildfires and widespread drought.

DENVER – Southern Colorado’s snowpack is already on its last legs, reaching levels for this point in May only seen twice in the past 20 years – 2002 and 2018, which were both marked by large and destructive wildfires and widespread drought.

The Upper Rio Grande basin was at just 9% of median levels Thursday compared to the past 30 years – with just 0.6 inches of snow-water equivalent (SWE) remaining, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture data.

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Snowpack across Colorado’s eight river basins as of May 12, 2022.

Photo by: USDA/NRCS

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