After an historically snowy spring, Colorado’s snowpack currently stands at 473% of normal, with highs peaking at 846% in the San Juan Mountains, according to the Natural Resources Conservation Service.
All that snow puts to bed the knee-jerk drought concerns alarmists have been pedaling over the past year-or-so — as of this week, Colorado is now officially drought-free.
It’s instead flooding –from snowmelt– that’s the new climate catastrophe flavour of the month.
However, “snowpack is holding on late,” according to the Colorado Water Conservation Board. As we enter June, only 38% of the statewide snowpack has melted. The process was “significantly” slowed in May as winter-like conditions returned to the state — the snowpack percentage actually rose last week.
But that isn’t necessarily good news when it comes to runoff, explains the Conservation Board, as a late snowpack actually “significantly increases the risk of snowmelt-flooding as a much higher amount of snow is still available to melt as the state heads into the much warmer month of June“.
Historically, major flooding in Colorado has occurred solely as a result of heavy rains, without the help of snowmelt — this year looks set to be an exception.
Our star is shutting down (relatively), as it transitions into its next Grand Solar Minimum cycle.
The cold times are returning.
Snowpacks are building.
GSM + Pole Shift