‘Drought-Free By The End Of Spring’, So Says The US Drought Monitor
A timetable has been attached to the end of Colorado's record-setting drought.
From 'record drought' to 'record snowfall' and just like that the Colorado drought is all but over. The speculation about a 'wetter than normal' winter began back in the fall when the National Weather Service made the prediction that an El Niño "is expected to form and continue through the Northern Hemisphere winter 2018-19." In general terms, an El Nino weather pattern means "cooler and wetter weather pattern" for the western US. That prediction proved to be true as Colorado and other western states received record amounts of snow and rain this winter.
This week's US Drought Monitor report says "that more than 50% of the state is not under any drought conditions." That’s a big-time improvement compared to last fall when more than half of Colorado was under a "severe drought" destination or worse.
The steady snow and rain in February, and that's continued in March, has created a snowpack that's now at 126% above normal. Copper Mountain set an all-time record with this winter's snowfall at over 88 inches! The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported too that this winter has been the wettest on record in the lower 48!
All of this moisture has the US Drought Monitor people comfortable saying that "the state (Colorado) may be drought-free by the end of spring." Here's to making it official and putting an end to the misery that was the last two years of dry weather.
Credit: Colorado Public Radio