Experts at Colorado State University's Colorado Climate Center
say the state should prepared for serious drought problems at least
through the end of the year.

Roger Pielke Senior and Nolan Doesken say Colorado's water
managers and communities need to work together to plan for
long-term irrigation and municipal water use.

Last month proved to be one of the driest Januarys on record at
several locations in Colorado.

Many parts of the state also saw warmer than average
temperatures that promoted early snow melt and an increased rate of

Pielke and Doesken predict the effects of last year's drought
will last several years.

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