Abnormal dryness widespread across U.S.
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — Along with growing levels of extreme drought in Colorado, almost half the U.S. is experiencing at least moderate levels of drought, more than at any other time during during the 12-year history of the U.S. Drought Monitor, officials with the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln said this week.
In parts of northwest Colorado, drought conditions were upgraded to exceptional, the most severe category of drought, indicating extremely low stream flows, soil moisture and vegetation conditions. Much of the rest of the state is now in the severe drought category, including nearly all of the West Slope, the central mountains including the Continental Divide and big chunk of the eastern plains. (more…)