100% of the Colorado snowpack is above average right now. That’s terrific news.
Wolf Creek ski area has already gotten 334″ of snowfall this season – the most in Colorado.
“A quick glance shows the snow water equivalent (SWE) to be currently running above average. The Climate Prediction Center (CPC) outlook for the next 3 months leads us to believe that there is a good chance of the SWE remaining above normal. The temperature outlook for upper Rio Grande for the next 3 months favors below average trends. If the combination of these trends were to happen then the water supply outlook looks favorable for at least a normal water supply season with a more normal meltout..
Snow cover and its spring melting in the Upper Rio Grande Basin provides a major water source for the Upper to Middle Rio Grande valley and Elephant Butte Reservoir. Understanding the snowpack and its variability in the context of global climate change is crucial to the sustainable water resources for the region.” – NOAA, today