Is a hot, dry winter coming? – Denver, Colorado

Denver, Colorado 2020-10-17 08:00:26 –

The Coloradans can expect a warmer, drier and less snowy winter than average, according to a new report released Thursday. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, released its annual winter outlook in conjunction with the agency’s Climate Prediction Center.

Forecast calls for a drier-than-average winter season for much of the southwest, including the southern half of Colorado. The outlook calls for an “equal chance” of below average, near average and above average precipitation for northern Colorado.

To put it plainly, there are very few signs that Colorado enjoys wetter than average weather from December through February. This will likely lead to an intensification of the current drought here in Colorado and an extension of the drought across much of the western United States.

This is disappointing news for water supply issues and Colorado’s ski resorts as the region continues to suffer from its driest year since 2006.

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