2016 was the hottest year on record since scientists began tracking global temperatures in 1880. In Colorado, it was the 5th hottest year on record.
One of the worst recorded droughts in human history has stretched water supplies thin across the far-reaching Colorado River basin, which serves 40 million people.
- “Drought in the southwest nowadays can occur easier, can last longer, and they are more intense than they were 30 years ago,” said the study's leader.Read more
It's possible the growers "came to the conclusion that Colorado's climate this year is a little bit more hospitable, U.S. Attorney John Walsh says.
- Rain and cool temperatures have nearly quenched Colorado's persisting thirst.Read more
A Carnegie-led team of scientists studied how the trees were affected by drought, and developed a model to predict how future climate patterns would affect the aspen.
The drought has ended for much of Colorado, but the U.S. Drought Monitor map shows big red splotches over southeastern parts Colorado, meaning “extreme” to “exceptional” conditions -- the worst drought ratings. And that's causing beef prices to climb.
The US Department of Agriculture has designated 15 Colorado counties as primary natural disaster areas.