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Summit County: Low May precipitation adds to drought woes

Snowpack in Colorado River Basin just 2 percent of average

Most of Colorado’s mountain snowpack is gone and streamflows the rest of the summer will be well below average, according to the Natural Resources Conservation Service.

By Bob Berwyn

SUMMIT COUNTY — It might not be quite as noticeable during the warmer seasons, but May was another bust as far as precipitation in Summit County, as Mother Nature only delivered a little more than half the monthly average. The outlook for the next few weeks is generally dry, which isn’t surprising, as June is the driest month of the year in the high country.

The average May snowfall Breckenridge, based on records going back more than 100 years, is 10.9 inches. This year, National Weather Service observer Rick Bly measured just 1.3 inches. Total moisture for the month, combining melted snow and rain, averages 1.72 inches. This year, Bly measured .92 inches, with long spells of dry weather in between a few scattered storms. Continue reading

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