Report says 96% of Colorado in drought

Posted: Jun 1, 2012

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The Vail Daily
Drought In Colo

Extreme drought conditions have been introduced in the Yampa, Colorado and Gunnison river basins, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. The latest map, released Thursday, shows 96 percent of Colorado is experiencing some level of drought condition, with drought intensity in northwestern Colorado “extreme.”

The U.S. Drought Monitor classifies drought intensity on a scale of D0 to D4. Drought intensity in Eagle County remains at D2, severe, while points just west were elevated to D3, extreme, from the previous week. The area includes most of Garfield and Rio Blanco counties and is the only region in Colorado currently categorized as extreme. The “extreme drought” area comprises 7.27 percent of the state.

According to Colorado's Water Availability Task Force, April 2012 was the fourth warmest on record in Colorado. March 2012 was the third warmest for Colorado and tied 1966 for the driest on record. Records date back to 1895. The past two months' temperatures have been five degrees above average for most of Colorado.


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