Snowpack news: Snowpack as a percent of average climbs again with this week’s beautiful rain (and snow)

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Snowpack as a percent of average keeps climbing across the state. This is a reflection of the cool temperatures delaying runoff. This week’s storm added to the impressive numbers — statewide snowpack is 155% of average.

On Wednesday at the combined Flood and Water Availability Task Forces meeting, Mike Gillespie from the NRCS, cautioned those present not to pay a whole lot of attention to the percent of average snowpack. He said that at this time of year the numbers are skewed by past melt-outs. He said that he looks at the current peak as a percent of average peak number. For example, the South Platte basin’s current peak as a percent of average peak is 146%.

Click here for the snowpack time series graphs for Colorado from the Natural Resources Conservation Service.

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