Following an historically snowy winter and spring, Colorado’s snowpack currently stands at 1301% of normal, with highs peaking at 3328% in the San Juan Mountains, according to Natural Resources Conservation Service data.
As of Wednesday, Colorado’s snow-water equivalent was 5.2 inches. The median for June 19, based on 30 years of record-keeping, is just 0.2 inches.
“By June 19, the snow is usually all melted out, at least from where we measure,” said Peter Goble, a climatologist with the Colorado Climate Center. But as of Wednesday, a staggering 18% of this season’s snow has yet to melt.
This past winter brought one of the best snowpacks to Colorado in over 40 years. Then, the coldest May since 1995 (solar minimum of cycle 22) set the conditions for the pack to linger.
Furthermore, all that spring runoff means Colorado’s reservoirs are now expected to completely refill — the Lemon and Vallecito reservoirs, for example, are already at about 90% capacity.
“It looks like many reservoirs in the state will fill,” Goble said. “Even some of the ones that were critically low over the winter following the drought in 2018.”
AGW Alarmists will have to pick a different cherry to cry about.
In addition, winter still hasn’t completely released it’s icy grip on Southwest Colorado — the NWS is calling for more anomalous cold and even snow in the high country through Saturday night.
GFS TEMP ANOMALY (C) for SAT JUNE 22:
Our star is shutting down (relatively), as it transitions into its next Grand Solar Minimum cycle.
The cold times are returning.
Snowpacks are building.
Grand Solar Minimum + Pole Shift