Colorado drought levels drop by half in a week

Drought levels in Colorado dropped by half in a week, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor which reports that there are no more extreme or exceptional drought conditions in the state. Just three months ago, nearly 30 percent of Colorado was listed under that status. The governor of the state has called the snowpack “epic,” according to a story in the Colorado Sun.

Widespread drought conditions across Colorado and adjacent states have improved dramatically in recent weeks, buoyed by a string of strong snowstorms. As of a March 21 report, only 46.13 percent of the state was listed in some kind of drought status. That’s down from 83 percent the first week of March.

The Natural Resources Conservation Service reports the state’s snowpack is 141 percent of normal and at 205 percent of last year’s level.