June 5, 2016--State’s southwest is biggest winner 
in snowpack boon (Grand Junction Sentinel)

A moist May has benefited Colorado’s snowpack for a second straight year, with this year’s precipitation particularly helping the drier southwestern part of the state. The Natural Resources Conservation Service said in a news release Tuesday that only one Colorado watershed, the South Platte, saw below-average precipitation last month, at 90 percent. The combined San Miguel, Dolores, Animas and San Juan basins fared best, with 154 percent of normal precipitation, followed by the Upper Rio Grande at 144 percent, the agency said. All but the Rio Grande had above-average snowpack as of the start of June. The Rio Grande was at 85 percent of median, and the South Platte led the state at 233 percent. The Upper Colorado River Basin was at 204 percent, the Gunnison at 209 percent and the San Miguel, Dolores, Animas and San Juan, 171 percent. “Remaining snowpack across the state is near 200 percent of normal and poised to provide adequate runoff into early summer,” Brian Domonkos, Colorado snow survey supervisor, said in a news release Tuesday. To view the full article visit the Grand Junction Sentinel.