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Is The Drought Returning?

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Despite heavy snow in Colorado's northern and central mountains, much of the rest of the state is parched.

Temperatures reached nearly into the 70s Friday in northeastern Colorado, and southwestern Colorado is waiting for more moisture.

The Wolf Creek Ski Area, which had a 106-inch base on this date last year, has 82 inches today.

Statewide snowpack is 107 percent of the 30-year average, driven by snows in the north. But snowpack is only 35 percent of the average in the Rio Grande Basin and 50 percent in the San Miguel-Dolores-Animas and San Juan.

State climatologist Roger Pielke (PELL-kee) says it's a classic La Nina and that southern Colorado is facing conditions comparable to the drought of 2002.


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