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December 25, 2015-- El Niño weather pattern taking shape (Steamboat Today)

After a week of persistent snowfall, snow remains in the forecast, but the early part of January could be dry. Steamboat Springs meteorologist Mike Weissbluth, who runs snowalarm.com, wrote that temperatures will be very cold today before the air begins to warm Sunday at higher elevations. The National Weather Service in Grand Junction is calling for a high temperature today of 1


December 23, 2015--California snowpack exceeds average for first time in years (Los Angeles Times)

A series of powerful snowstorms in the Sierra Nevada has resulted in a small milestone in drought-stricken California: The snowpack is now higher than average for this time of year. The storms, which are likely to continue into Friday, have fattened the mountain snowpack to levels California hasn't seen for two years, said Steve Nemeth, water supply forecaster for the state Department


December 22, 2015--La Plata County to ask EPA for $2.4 million for Gold King Mine cleanup (Denver Post)

La Plata County commissioners in southwestern Colorado voted Tuesday to ask the EPA to reimburse up to $2.4 million over the next decade in expenses related to the Gold King Mine disaster. The Environmental Protection Agency must sign off on the request, to be submitted by Jan. 15, county manager Joe Kerby said.


December 21, 2015--Colorado River states warned by feds to find a water fix (Arizona Daily Star)

For the second time in a decade, the feds are warning that if water interests in Arizona, California and Nevada can’t find a fix for the Colorado River’s problems, the interior secretary will find it for them. Deputy Interior Secretary Michael Connor implied that was the department’s position in a talk Friday to hundreds of water officials, farmers and others gathered in