Precipitation

March 21, 2016--Water In Colorado streams could be thousands of years old, says study (Colorado Public Radio)

Water in Colorado streams and rivers can be anywhere from days to thousands of years old, according to a new, first-of-its-kind study published this month in the journal Geophysical Research Letters. Scientists used a supercomputer to make calculations based off existing data sets, explained Reed Maxwell, a professor of hydrology at the Colorado School of Mines.


March 20, 2016--Is rainwater just a drop in the bucket? (Denver Post)

Rain barrels are in the news again in Colorado, the only state in the U.S. where collection of rainwater is illegal. House Bill 1005, now before the Senate, is an attempt to change that.


March 9, 2016--Colorado River flows reduced by warmer spring temperatures (University of Arizona)

Warmer-than-average spring temperatures reduce upper Colorado River flows more than previously recognized, according to a new report from a University of Arizona-led team. Although climate models have suggested that spring temperatures affect stream flow, this study is the first to examine the instrumental historical record to see if a temperature effect could be detected, said lead author


March 1, 2016--State snowpack in retreat (Grand Junction Sentinel)

That taste of spring that western Coloradans have enjoyed for the past few weeks has taken a toll on the state’s snowpack. Blue skies and warm days have contributed to Colorado’s snowpack falling to below normal, at 98 percent of median as of Monday, according to Natural Resources Conservation Service data. That comes after what had been a strong start for snowfall accumul


February 10, 2016--Drying out of the American Southwest (Mountain Town News)

Peering through a window on a flight from Denver to Los Angeles, you first see the Rocky Mountains, rich with forests and snow, here and there a ski area. Then, for the majority of the trip you see aridity, the soft greens of sagebrush steppes at higher elevations dissolving to harsh pigments of the Mojave Desert until you get to the exurbs of LA. This is the American Southwest.


February 2, 2016--Above normal snowpack in some of last winter's driest regions

Above normal snowpack measurements are tracking for most of the West. The season was off to a slow start with sporadic storms October through December, but January winter precipitation increased measurements across all states,according to the Natural Resources Conservation Service’s SNOTEL sites, which measure snow depth at thousands of stations nation-wide.


January 25, 2016--Report: Warming could impact water supplies in western states (Public News Service--WY)

Surface temperatures across the globe in 2015 were the warmest since modern recordkeeping began in 1880, according to independent analyses by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. And 15 of the 16 warmest years on record have occurred since the new century began. Noah Diffenbaugh is an associate professor at Stanford University and senior author of a&


January 23, 2016--Despite El Niño, BuRec predicts average year (Montrose Press)

El Niño has showered its bounty on the region, particularly the Four Corners area south of Montrose.


January 20, 2016--Cloud seeding helps boost El Niño (Durango Herald)

El Niño is bringing Southwest Colorado wet storms and even more reason to seed clouds than in a dry winter, some experts say. “When there’s lots of liquid water coming through, then you have a storm to work. ... The seeding response is better.


January 12, 2016--California drought: How will we know when it's over? (Mercury News)

Now that 2016 has gotten off to a wet start, with a series of El Niño storms drenching California in recent days, the question is turning up with increasing frequency at dinner parties and coffee shops:  "How will we know when the drought is over?" The answer, water experts say, is more complicated than you'd think. Simply put: The drought could end this year


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