Colorado Is Almost Drought-Free For The First Time Since 2009

· Jul. 16, 2015, 5:04 pm
Photo: Colorado Drought Map(Courtesy U.S. Drought Monitor)
Less of Colorado is in drought now than at anytime since 2009. 

New numbers from the U.S. Drought Monitor show just over two percent of the state still under drought conditions.

Just three month ago, almost 75 percent of the state was faced drought with the Western Slope facing the most severe dryness. Now, the government data has only area in the northwestern and southwestern corners of the state labeled "abnormally dry"--the lowest drought classification. 

The last time so little of Colorado faced drought conditions was in 2009. All of the state has faced varying levels of drought since then.

Chart: Percentage Of Colorado Area In Drought (2009-2015)

Forecasters with the National Weather Service told the Denver Post that record rainfall and 10 months of cool temperatures can be credited for breaking the dry spell. 

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