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Colorado Drought Monitor

The Colorado Drought monitor is a subset of the United States Monitor, issued every Thursday morning, based on drought conditions the previous Tuesday. The map below shows the current drought level around the state, and the percent of Colorado land area in each drought level compared to the previous week.

Read an explanation of the drought intensities and what they mean.

Colorado Drought Monitor

Colorado Hydrologic Information Statement

Note that if drought conditions are not being experienced, or in the case of river flooding or heavy rain, this statement may be used to indicate river flows or flood potential.

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Water Supply Outlook
National Weather Service Denver/Boulder CO
333 PM MST Wed Jan 11 2017

...Water Supply Outlook for north central and northeast Colorado as 
of January 2017...

The water year began with one of the lowest snowpacks in the past 40 
years. The mountain snowpack was only 4 percent of normal in the 
upper Colorado River Basin and 12 percent of normal in the North and 
South Platte Basins by November 15th. A few days later high pressure 
finally gave way to northwest flow aloft. This allowed the storm 
track to move south into Colorado. Brian Domonkos with the Natural 
Resources Conservation Service stated "according to the SNOTEL data, 
from November 17th through January 1st, 2017 snowpack in the 
mountains grew at the fastest rate dating back to 1986, with a 
statewide gain of 7.4 inches of snow water equivalent". 

The current water supply forecasts use data as of January 1st. At 
that time the north central Colorado basin snowpack was 117 percent 
of normal west of the Continental Divide and around 105 percent of 
normal east of the divide. However...the snowpack has continued to 
climb to 150 to 155 percent of normal in the South Platte and upper 
Colorado River Basins...and 136 percent of normal in the North 
Platte Basin on January 11th.

Upper Colorado River and South Platte basin reservoir storage remains
in good shape at around 105 percent of average. Soil moisture has 
also shown a marked improvement over what was seen last fall. 

                               Most Probably Forecast 
                                      Volume      Percent 
Stream and Station         Period     1000 AF      of Avg 
__________________         ______     _______     _______ 
South Platte River 
 Antero Reservoir inflow   Apr-Sep      16          99 
 Spinney Mtn Res inflow    Apr-Sep      46          77 
 11-Mile Canyon Res inflow Apr-Sep      49          75 
 Cheesman Lake inflow      Apr-Sep      89          72 
 South Platte              Apr-Sep     164          79

Bear Creek
 Morrison                  Apr-Sep      11          55

Clear Creek
 Golden                    Apr-Sep      96          87

Saint Vrain Creek
 Lyons                     Apr-Sep      85          89

Boulder Creek
 Orodell                   Apr-Sep      45          83 

South Boulder Creek
 Eldorado Springs          Apr-Sep      31          83

Cache La Poudre River
 Canyon Mouth              Apr-Sep     208         101

North Platte River
 Northgate                 Apr-Sep     296         130 

Colorado River
 Granby                    Apr-Jul     215          98

Willow Creek 
 Willow Creek Res          Apr-Jul      50         106

Fraser River 
 Winter Park               Apr-Jul      20         103

Williams Fork River  
 Williams Fork Reservoir   Apr-Jul      95          99

Blue River    
 Dillon Res                Apr-Jul     155          95
 Green Mtn Res             Apr-Jul     260          95

Muddy Creek 
 Wolford Mtn Res Blw       Apr-Jul      52          96

Colorado River
 Kremmling                 Apr-Jul     830          97

These forecasts reflect natural flow only. Actual observed flow will
likely be affected by upstream water management.

Additional supportive information
- Visit our website at weather.gov/bou for additional local
weather...climate and stream information.
- Long range precipitation and temperature outlooks are available at
www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/predictions/.
- Snowpack and reservoir data are available from the Natural
Resources Conservation Service at www.wcc.nrcs.usda.gov/snow/.
- The U.S. Drought Monitor is available at droughtmonitor.unl.edu.

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