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FORT COLLINS - Despite the amount of snow fall we've seen this past week, the state's forest service says it's not enough to alleviate concerns about another dry summer. 

In terms of dryness, 2012 was one of the worst on records.

"Last summer was a dry summer. It was another year of drought for Colorado," Sky Stephens with the Colorado Forest Service said.

Sky Stephens will never forget it. As an entomologist with the Colorado State Forest Service, Sky finds herself concerned about a lack of moisture falling from the sky.

"I think we have had a couple of good storms, but I don't know if we'd go as far to call them 'big', especially not in a lot of our water sheds," she said.

It's nowhere near what we'd see in an average year. As of Tuesday, the state-wide snowpack is around 76 percent of average. Around the same time last year, it was at 86 percent of average.

"Those snow packs are very important to our water supplies and the conditions of our forests," Stephens said.

Without a decent amount of precipitation, dry year after dry year after dry year equals a potentially dangerous summer. As of now, the state says we should be prepared.

"It's probably the wisest," Stephens said.

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