Colorado Is 100% Drought-Free
It's official. For the first time in Drought Monitor history, Colorado is free of moisture deficiency.
Every Thursday since 1999 The United States Drought Monitor has released its map. For the first time in its history, Colorado doesn't have a single county with any of the monitor's shades of yellow, orange, or red on the map. That's a 19-year streak that everyone's excited to see come to an end.
Up in the high country, the record-setting snowpack is beginning to melt. That run-off will likely refill Colorado's lakes and reservoirs. "If there is any doubt on any of our reservoirs, it would probably be Blue Mesa which is our biggest reservoir, and was also the hardest hit by the drought last year," so says Becky Bolinger, assistant state climatologist at the Colorado Climate Center at CSU. It will also tamp down this season's wildfire threat. The state's current fire forecast looks better than it has in years.
It's all wonderful news, right? Not exactly. Fact is that the longer that snowpack sits up there, the more likely it will come down faster casing flooding in low-lying areas. Colorado is scheduled to warm up in the next couple of weeks with high pressure moving into the region. If some rain was to move into the state while the runoff is happening, the flooding situation could become serious quickly.
For now, let's not worry about that and celebrate Colorado's "drought free" map. It's a first and that's pretty cool.