June 5, 2014--Snowpack in Southwest Colorado all but gone (Durango Herald)

The snowpack in the watershed emptied by the Animas, San Juan, Dolores and San Miguel rivers is fading fast, the last report of the year by the Natural Resources Conservation Service shows. The only basin with less snowpack than the four-river watershed as of June 1 was the Upper Rio Grande. “The southern river basins are very close to being snow free,” the report says. The snowpack in the combined Animas, San Juan, Dolores and San Miguel basins stood at 59 percent of the 30-year median for the date, the report says. The Upper Rio Grande was at 39 percent of the median. Overall, the state’s snowpack was at 197 percent of the median for the date. Some basins look good. The South Platte stood at 311 percent; the Colorado basin at 223 percent; and the North Platte at 193 percent. “The snowpack in the remaining basins is becoming surface runoff very quickly as well,” the report says. “But with large amounts of snow accumulated this winter in basins such as the Colorado, the Yampa, North Platte and South Platte, 20 to 40 percent of the total snowpack remains in the higher elevations.”

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