Report: After wet spring, Colorado is drought-free

Published: May. 25, 2019 at 10:08 AM MDT
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Colorado is totally drought-free for the first time in years.

The Colorado Climate Center says just .01 percent of the state is still classified as abnormally dry.

"Two pixels in Montezuma and Yuma Counties that are too small to even see on the map," the center wrote on Facebook. "With more precipitation in the forecast, it's possible the map will be wiped completely clean in next week's map!"

It's the lowest number since the U.S. Drought Monitor was established nearly 20 years ago.

The numbers are a stark turnaround from February when two-thirds of the state was classified at some degree of drought. Even in late March following a bomb cyclone and a historic avalanche cycle, nearly half the state was still in a drought.

Meteorologists say an active jet-stream pattern that set up over Colorado in mid-February set off the dramatic about-face. April and May continued the trend with predominantly wetter-than-usual and cooler-than-usual weather.

Mountain snowpacks on average are at 240 percent of normal and will provide ample water for agriculture and drinking reservoirs as they melt.

An incoming front could bring rain to Colorado Springs and elsewhere Tuesday and Wednesday. 11 News meteorologists are still putting together the details.

The charts below show the change from February to March and April to May.

U.S. Drought Monitor's color chart:

Yellow: Abnormally dry

Tan: Moderate drought

Orange: Severe drought

Red: Extreme drought

Dark red: Exceptional drought