[REGIONAL NEWS] Colorado drought report: Southwest faces long road back to normal; Front Range dry but better off

Lower than average water levels at Lake Dill near Friso, Colo./Hugh Carey : hcarey@summitdaily.com.

 

By Jackson Barnett | The Denver Post

The drought that has gripped much of Colorado since late 2017 didn’t abate in 2018, and despite recent snowfall — which added to the all-important snowpack in the high country — the prospect of relief is still well down the road.

Western Colorado, particularly the Four Corners region, was ground zero for an “extreme” and “exceptional” drought, according to the University of Nebraska Lincoln’s drought monitoring map. The effects have been wide-reaching: dry soils have reduced farmers’ crop yields, low reservoirs have hampered irrigation and Denver was roasted with another dry year.

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