Environment

3:09pm

Mon June 23, 2014
water

Colorado Had A Great Snowpack Year, In Some Cases Really Great

Snow on pine trees.
Wikimedia Commons

Skiing across Colorado’s high country was exceptional in 2014, with some resorts reporting more than 300 inches of snow. All that snow translated to an above-average snowpack.

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8:44am

Thu June 19, 2014
Environment

Parts Of Southeast Colorado Drier Than The Dust Bowl

Entrance to the town of Rocky Ford, which is experiencing a longer dry period longer than it did during the Dust Bowl.
Luke Runyon KUNC

Parts of Southeast Colorado are experiencing a longer period of drought than the dry times that occurred during the Dust Bowl.

According to Nolan Doesken, the state climatologist, the past three years and eight months have been the driest stretch ever recorded for some parts of the state, including Rocky Ford, La Junta and Ordway.

"It was drier than the worst consecutive drought period of the 30s and of the 50s," said Doesken.

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5:00am

Fri June 13, 2014
Agriculture

Drought Continues To Hammer Great Plains Wheat

Farmer Jim Haarberg of Imperial, Neb., compares the heads of wheat from two different stalks to demonstrate the stunting effects of drought.
Ariana Brocious Harvest Public Media

Much of the Midwest and the Plains have been battling drought for years. And the current winter wheat crop looks like it will be one of the worst in recent memory, stressing farmers in the heart of the Wheat Belt – from Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado and Nebraska.

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5:44am

Wed June 11, 2014
Wildfires

Black Forest Fire: Lessons Applied, Lessons Learned, Cause Undetermined

Originally published on Tue June 10, 2014 6:42 pm

Burned trees abut a road in the Black Forest fire burn area. Picture taken 06/21/13.

The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office released a report looking at the response to the Black Forest Fire Tuesday, nearly one year to the day after the devastating fire began. 

 

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6:00am

Mon June 9, 2014
Weather Nerding

Think Northern Colorado Has Been Wetter Than Normal Lately? You’re Right

Storm clouds roll in over 14th and York Street in Denver, Colo.
Stephanie Paige Ogburn KUNC

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