Colorado Statewide Water Supply Conditions – October 2014

The overall water supply conditions in Colorado have improved over the last year. Nearly 70% of the state is completely out of drought conditions, and only one area in eastern Colorado remains classified as experiencing exceptional drought.  The Pueblo weather station remains below average for the water year and on a four-year time frame. Year-to-date precipitation at the mountain SNOTEL sites was at 103% of average into early September. Reservoir storage levels, statewide, at the end of August were at 100% of average (28% ahead of August 2013 levels). Generally storage levels are higher in the northern basins than in the southern basins (the South Platte is at 138% of average while the Upper Rio Grande is the lowest at 61% of average storage). 

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Sources: Governor's September 2014 Drought Update, National Drought Mitigation Center, USDA-NRCS 



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Drought Condition 

D0 Abnormally Dry 

D1 Moderate Drought 

D2 Severe Drought 

D3 Extreme Drought 

D4 Exceptional Drought 

Figure created by National Drought Mitigation Center, Brian Fuchs.