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The spring runoff will be the lowest in a decade and maybe the lowest in recorded history, say scientists keeping a wary eye on Colorado's snowpack. Warm weather in April shrank the statewide snowpack from 52 percent of average to just 19 percent, according to the latest statistics from the Natural Resources Conservation Service, a division of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Recent forecasts by water experts suggest that stream flows could drop below levels seen in 2002, the last major Colorado drought.
High temperatures and dry weather conditions this spring have left snowpack levels in southwestern Colorado at historic lows. According to data from the Colorado Snow Survey, snowpack levels reported Tuesday for the San Miguel, Dolores, Animas and San Juan river basins were sitting at 29 percent of average. Statewide, the snowpack is at 25 percent of average.
The snowpack that Southwest Colorado relies on for water is well below average. A warm spring is bringing a rapid loss of snow, raising the specter of wider drought throughout the state.
It's official. The bone-dry March shriveled the state's snowpack to its lowest level ever recorded for early April.
A new study by the Water Research Foundation projects potential climate change impacts to Front Range water supplies for the next few decades, showing that the total amount of water in several key river basins could decline significantly if temperatures continue to rise.
Statewide snowpack is still well behind average, and even further behind last year at the same time, but it's slowly improving, Natural Resource Conservation Service officials say.
Snow in February was not enough to drag the state out of a lingering drought. Most of Colorado is now classified as under drought conditions, according to a report by the state’s water availability task force, which met last week in Denver. “Early February precipitation in parts of the state has helped to increase snowpack levels somewhat.
Even though it feels like winter is just getting started in the high country, Colorado water managers are starting to think about spring runoff, flooding and water storage. Denver Water will issue its first spring reservoir outlook early next month after the March 1 snowpack figures have been compiled, and the National Weather Service this week issued its first outlook for flood potential.
Low season flows into Lake Powell have been near normal in recent weeks, with the Colorado River delivering about 356,000 acre feet (99 percent of average) during January, leaving the reservoir about 63 feet below full pool.