Colorado River Snowpack Tracking 2012 Levels

For those of us in the Roaring Fork Valley, snowpack is an important part of our winter economy. But more important is the role that snowpack plays in our water supply, and our summer moisture levels (and consequent fire danger). According to the Natural Resources Conservation Service, our current snowpack is roughly on par with what we saw in 2012, a drought year marked by fire and fireworks bans, and a sudden death of Aspen trees across Colorado. Experts say that we will need TWICE our normal snowfall for the rest of the winter to get back to an average snowpack level.

 

 

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