We’re well past this year’s dry Summer, and into late Autumn – but the changing of the season doesn't fix the drought. Despite recent moisture, the entire state of Colorado remains in some level of drought.
A seemingly endless drought this summer has created dried-up reservoirs and many disappointed farmers. The state’s climatologist told KUNC recently that a change in weather patterns—from a La Nina to a weak- to moderate-El Nino influence—could lead to more precipitation this fall.
Spring storms are well known for bringing damaging hail with them, such as one that hit the eastern Plains earlier this month. And though it may be impossible to say definitively where the biggest hailstone on record has fallen – or exactly how big it is - Colorado’s state climatologist wants to make it easier to prove those claims.
March’s hot and dry weather has put 98 percent of the state in varying levels of drought. Some of the worst areas right now are in the Arkansas Basin—central and south Colorado—in addition to the northwestern part of the state. KUNC’s Grace Hood sat down with state climatologist Nolan Doesken to find out how we got here, and where the state might be headed in April.