Thursday, April 25, 2013

South Platte snowpack reaches 95 percent of normal

"It was huge. We finally got some late-season snow, or we would be well into the snowmelt season right now."

The snowpack in the South Platte River basin -- a major water supplier for the Front Range -- is 95 percent of normal for this time of year, according to the Natural Resources Conservation Service website. As recently as April 7, it was 70 percent. The basin's peak snowpack was 90 percent of the typical peak.

To read the full article from the Boulder Daily Camera By Mitchell Byars Camera Staff Writer, please click the link below.
Matt’s Rant: April typically is the snowiest month in Colorado and this sets the tone for conditions for the rest of the year. The big wet flakes didn’t really set in heavy amounts until the very end of the month. Truly I was in a panic and view the water situation to be beyond desperate. Colorado is not out of the woods yet but at least some areas are not in a disaster scenario that would have resulted from receiving little moisture from these recent storms.
South Platte drainages and others might even experience somewhat normal runoff this year.  I agree completely with Mage Hultstrand, assistant snow survey supervisor for the Natural Resources Conservation Service…this is huge right now.

2 comments:

Mark Kautz-Shoreman said...

You guys sure got your share of snow recently. We, out west, are very low on snow in the mountains. It's going to be a dry one this summer.

Coloradocasters said...

@Mark: We got more snow in the last two weeks than we probably saw all season. Without those storms we would have had virtually no run-off and then things would start dying after that. I hope that your region does not see dangerously dry conditions this summer.