Snowpack Levels "Alarmingly" Low

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The sparse snowpack remaining in Colorado's mountains has dwindled to an alarming 12% of the 30 year average because of recent record-setting heat.

Snowpack makes up about 80% of the water in Colorado rivers, streams and reservoirs.

Streams in parts of the state are running at 45-50% of average. That figure varies from 60-100% this time last year.

After a dry March, April brought several storms that helped with
the state's snowpack, but May was dry again. Weather experts see no relief until at least August.

On Monday, Denver had a second day of record-breaking temperatures with a high of 98 degrees. That broke the old record of 97 set in 1884. Pueblo also set records both Sunday and Monday.

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