Snowpack

April 11, 2015--Record low snowpacks in Southwest is bad news for water supplies (Environmental News Network)

Nine states report record low snowpacks. A report from the US Department of Agriculture states, “the largest snowpack deficits are in record territory for many basins,especially in the Cascades and Sierra Nevada where single – digit percent of normal conditions prevail.


April 10, 2015--Major water woes looming in the West (Summit Voice)

Federal water watchers say their April 1 readings show that precipitation thus far in the 2015 water year (beginning October 1, 2014) is now below normal over most of the West except for some northwestern areas and coastal Alaska. Snowpack has declined significantly since last month throughout the West due to the warm and dry March.


April 2, 2015--Colorado mountain snowpack low at 69 percent, raising water concerns (Denver Post)

Colorado's mountain snowpack is running low — around 69 percent of average — raising concerns about low streamflow during summer and potential strain on water supplies. A relatively hot, dry March took a toll, melting away snowpack from 87 percent at the end of February.

April 2, 2015--The potential impact of California's drought on Colo. (9 News)

New numbers out Thursday show Colorado's statewide snowpack has fallen. Preliminary estimates from the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service show the state's snowpack is at 69 percent of average. The state's climatologist said Colorado will need to have a strong finish to the spring snow season in order to even approach our average snowpack.


March 31, 2015--Colorado’s snow is dust-free for the first time in a decade (High Country News)

Last March, while kayaking the sandstone labyrinth of Utah’s San Juan River, I was punched in the face with a wall of wind. It howled up-canyon with a biting ferocity, carrying particles of red sand that scoured our faces and forced us into a cave for hours to seek shelter.


March 17, 2015--Snowpack is declining in valleys where Colorado River originates, water watchers say (Associated Press)

Snowpack in the mountains and valleys where the Colorado River originates has been shrinking since the beginning of March, a federal water expert said Tuesday. The snow ranged between 89 and 91 percent of the long-term average, depending on which measurement is used. "We dried out relatively significantly here since the beginning of March," said Brian Domonkos, supervisor of


March 13, 2015--Record low snowpack in Western US (Crop Site)

"Nearly a third of our SNOTEL sites in the Cascades and Sierra Nevada are reporting the lowest snowpack ever measured," NRCS Hydrologist Cara McCarthy said. "For the first time, some sites were snow-free on March 1st. These areas can expect reduced summer streamflow." Recent storms helped relieve dry conditions in the Southwest.


March 4, 2015--Outlook improves for water throughout Colorado (Denver Post)

Unsurprisingly, to anyone who has spent the past few weeks in or around Denver, the South Platte River Basin leads Colorado's snowpack statistics at 113 percent of average as of Tuesday.


February 21, 2015--Snowpack is no help to area drought (Arizona Journal)

While monsoon storms and rain throughout the year are important sources of moisture, snowpack accounts for approximately 70 percent of Arizona’s water supply, and once again snowpack levels are well below normal, including those in Navajo County. A report unveiled in early February by the U.S.


February 19, 2015--In S.W. Colo., snowpack slips (Durango Herald)

Snowpack in Southwest Colorado is perilously low, averaging only 56 percent in an index of the San Miguel, Dolores, Animas and San Juan River basins on Wednesday. The basin index measures snowpack at U.S. Department of Agriculture sites around the region. The snowpack at the summit of Wolf Creek Pass was at only 46 percent of the median figure for the date.


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