The Mesa County Drought Is About Over
Mesa County's drought situation continues to improve.
I've written a few times about Colorado's drought situation and the improving snowpack in the high country. Snow is being measured in feet in the higher elevations and just a couple days ago the latest USDA watershed report estimated the Colorado snowpack above 100% for the first time in a few years. What about in the Grand Valley?
A 'near normal' winter has brought much-needed snow and rain to the region. Several storms have rolled through this season helping the Grand Valley recover. According to the latest updated maps from the United States Drought Monitor, nearly all of Colorado is clear of the 'Extreme Drought' destination. Only a tiny sliver of land along the southwestern border still has the dark red coloration on the map. Northwest New Mexico is the only area left with the 'Extreme Drought' destination.
The latest drought report shows that much of Mesa County and the Grand Valley is now in a 'Moderate Drought' situation. That's a huge improvement and there's more good news, the National Weather Service forecast is calling for more rain. "We're improving greatly and we are having a storm over the next three days. We're looking for another couple of feet of snow up there so I expect that, in another week or two, that's even going to improve," reports Tom Renwick of the National Weather Service.