Rain and snow from the latest Pacific storm to hit the West renewed the risk of flooding in Colorado on Tuesday while providing two seasons of fun for kayakers and skiers and some relief from the drought.
It appears drought restrictions may not be necessary this year, according to Denver Water — despite water becoming a scarcity in the states to the west. Although the annual watering rules will still be in place.
Drought-weary Californians can’t expect much encouragement from mountains elsewhere in the West: Snow that fills the Colorado River is lagging, too.
While there is still time for snow to accumulate in the mountains, the window of opportunity is closing fast.
The effects of climate change are far-reaching, affecting not only weather, but more critical parts of human life such as food.
Many parts of the U.S. have already broken records for snowfall and below zero temperatures while other parts have seen unseasonably warm temperatures.
Snowpack in the mountain valleys where the Colorado River originates was only a little below normal on Wednesday, marking one of the few bright spots in an increasingly grim drought gripping much of the West.
Experts from across the West are gathering in New Mexico to discuss the effects of drought on recreation and tourism.
Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper rolled out a first-of-its kind water plan Wednesday, a draft plan to address the state’s projected future water shortage.
Parts of Colorado are still very dry but the state no longer has any areas with the most severe drought conditions.