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Sun May 26, 2019, 06:26 AM

Colorado's drought is at its lowest level in at least 19 years

The drought outlook in Colorado is the best it has been in at least 19 years, with the smallest area of the state being listed under some kind of dry status since June 5, 2001.

That’s according to nearly two decades of U.S. Drought Monitor data, which has been recorded since 2000.

“This is the lowest amount (of dryness) we’ve ever had since the Drought Monitor was put in place,” said Taryn Finnessey, a senior climate change specialist with Colorado’s Department of Natural Resources, who first pointed out the milestone. “I recognize there were certainly periods of time in the last 19 years where there have been areas of no drought. But in terms of the whole state, this is the least dry we have ever been.”

The U.S. Drought Monitor released a report Thursday showing that just roughly 8 square miles in Colorado are under abnormal dryness, or just 0.01% of the state. That little sliver could be just from a map-drawing error, according to Richard Heim, who drew the map and works for the National Centers for Environmental Information.

Read more: https://coloradosun.com/2019/05/23/colorados-drought-level-is-the-lowest-is-has-been-at-in-19-years/

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