Precipitation

Water Video: A Seuss-Like Tale

See Jeff Lukas' explanation of Colorado water in a clever, Seuss-Like video


Colorado Weather Program Seeks Volunteers to Monitor Drought, Climate

Weather watchers are needed to help Colorado State monitor the ongoing drought and longer-term climate conditions. The Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network, known as CoCoRaHS, is hoping to have at least one person per square mile recording observations along the Front Range, and as many as possible elsewhere in the state.


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 Migue


May 30, 2016--Colorado weather outlook for June: Lower temperatures, higher precipitation (Denver Post)

Following the unseasonably cool May across Colorado, below-normal temperatures are expected in June for eastern portions of Colorado, including the Eastern Plains to the foothills of the Rockies.


May 26, 2016--Global warming: Spring snow a no-go? (Science Daily)

Spring snowpack, relied on by ski resorts and water managers throughout the Western United States, may be more vulnerable to a warming climate in coming decades, according to a new University of Utah study. The study, accepted for publication in Geophysical Research Letters, models the year-to-year variability in precipitation and temperature in Utah's Wasatch Mountains a


May 18, 2016--Whitewater seekers might get crack at Dolores River (Durango Herald)

Whitewater enthusiasts just might be able to run the lower Dolores River in late May – including over Memorial Day weekend. The Dolores Water Conservancy District announced on its website on Monday that recent heavy precipitation, including what’s in the forecast for this week, would likely fill McPhee Reservoir and allow for a boating release.


April 17, 2015--Senate panel delays vote on rain-barrel bill (Grand Junction Sentinel)

Homeowners who use rain barrels are violating state water laws, but a bill discussed in a Senate panel on Thursday would make it OK. Under HB1259, which cleared the Colorado House last month on a 45-20 vote, homeowners would be able to use two 55-gallon barrels to collect rainwater, but only for use on their gardens and lawn. The thinking behind the measure is two-fold, said Sen.


April 14, 2016--Homeowner rain barrel bill ready for signature (Montrose Press)

Colorado is a signature away from specifically allowing — with a few limitations — homeowners to collect precipitation into rain barrels. House Bill 1005 passed third reading in the Colorado Senate on April 1, permitting “small-capacity rooftop collection.” Under it, people will be able to collect up to 110 gallons of rainfall, in no more than two barrels, from


April 8, 2016--March dry spell takes toll on Southwest Colorado snowpack (Durango Herald)

Though Southwest Colorado has yet to reap the benefits of a wet El Niño, as of April 1, statewide snowpack totals are up 150 percent from last year, according to the National Resource Conservation Service. Karl Wetlaufer, assistant snow survey supervisor for NRCS, said data released Wednesday show just how much the dry spell in March affected the southern San Juan Mountains. Co


March 30, 2016--Rain-barrel exemption headed to governor to become law (Cortez Journal)

A bill that makes it clear that household rain barrels are legal in Colorado is on the way to the governor’s desk to be signed into law. The measure, which allows up to two rain barrels with a combined capacity of 110 gallons per household, is to take effect on Aug. 10. Gov.


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