Dry conditions in Colorado could be shifting

9NEWS at 4 p.m. 11/29/16.

KUSA - Across Colorado, it's been a dry few months, leaving much of the state abnormally dry or in a drought.

For proof, look no further than the official drought monitor map for Colorado or Monday night's quick spreading fire on Green Mountain. However, conditions may be about to change.

"Colorado, we're going through a bit of a shift right now," said Becky Bolinger, a climatologist with the Colorado Climate Center in Fort Collins.

Every Tuesday, climatologists at the center analyze the state's soil moisture and snowpack data, which is then used by the U.S. Drought Monitor to put together a map of conditions.

"We were looking at snowpack of about 20 to 25 percent of average,” Bolinger said. “In the past couple weeks, things have started to shift. We started to see a little bit more an accumulation of snow in the high country and that's really helped to boost those numbers."

They now range closer to between 40- and 60-percent of what the state would normally see in snowpack at this time, not great numbers, but snow of late is helping.

"The areas that have seen the most improvement are the Southwest Corner and Northwest Corners of the state,” said Colorado Climate Center Climatologist Peter Goble.

So where are things not great? Look east.

"The areas that are struggling the most are east of the Divide," Goble said.

In the meantime, climatologists say Colorado looks like it's starting to get back into the swing of snow in the winter. Yet, there is reason for caution.

"We have a lot of season left to go," Bolinger said.

You can see the Colorado Climate Center’s latest drought report at climate.colostate.edu/~drought/


 

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