The U.S. Drought Monitor reported Thursday that more than 50 percent of the state is not under any drought conditions -- last week it was only 17 percent.
One good year of snowpack won't reduce long-term risks on the river.
Cloud seeding technology remains tricky and expensive, but has become more vital as the effects of climate change ramp up.
Last year the ski area maintained enough snow to stay open for the holiday weekend, but the warm winter dashed this year's chances.
“In an extreme dust year, we can see the snowpack disappear on the order of 2 months early,” said Jeff Deems of the University of Colorado.
KUNC reporter Luke Runyon, who covers the Colorado River basin and water issues in the American West, explains why.
The National Weather Services says things could improve if more snow falls but winter precipitation so far has been far below normal.
- Snowpack in six of the state's seven river basins is well above normal for this time of year.Read more
- Only 74 percent of average snowpack will reach Lake Powell because the dry soil is expected to absorb so much of it.Read more