By Chris Spears

DENVER (CBS4) – Colorado’s drought is temporarily over thanks to several weeks of cool, wet weather.

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Colorado Rockies fans take cover on April 25, 2017, at Coors Field. (credit: John Leyba/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

I say “temporarily over” because drought is a frequent visitor to a land-locked state like Colorado, which is roughly 1,000 miles away from the nearest sources of moisture.

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In mid-March, nearly half of the state was in drought with the worst conditions between Denver and Fort Collins and also on the plains around Limon.

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Wet, flooded conditions in Thornton on May 18 (credit: City of Thornton)

The latest report from the U.S. Drought Monitor shows only a few small pockets of abnormally dry conditions are still being experienced in the central mountains and on the western slope.

PHOTO GALLERY: Rain, Snow Hit Colorado On May 18

Abnormally dry is considered to be pre-drought.

Meteorologist Chris Spears writes about stories related to weather and climate in Colorado. Check out his bio, connect with him on Facebook or follow him on Twitter @ChrisCBS4.


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