Many Western Colorado residents are jumping for joy over all the recent snowfall. Ski fanatics around the area have never had it so good. There is, of course, the flip side to all this precipitation which may not be music to your ears.

Eventually, temperatures will rise, and this amazing snowfall turns to water. That's a good thing in an arid environment like this. Too much of a good thing, though, isn't necessarily a good thing.

I clearly remember sandbagging the Colorado River back in the early 1980s. The river was overflowing its banks, or to be more precise, was actively obliterating its banks, and houses were falling into the river.

Most people don't associate flooding with Western Colorado, but it has happened. Of course, I do not possess the psychic powers, or for that matter, the meteorological knowledge needed to guess what kind of runoff we'll have this year. Rather, I'm simply citing history.

In the event you weren't living in Grand Junction in the early 1980s, check out the video above showcasing Robert Grant photos of Grand Junction and Fruita. These are extreme examples, but they did happen.

Here's hoping for a nice, steady melt this spring. Hopefully, Western Colorado will enjoy an even runoff and a healthy supply of water this summer.

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