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Climate: U.S. West Very Dry in February

By Garry Rogers @Garry_Rogers

The Febuary to early March map certainly reflects our experience here in central Arizona. The rain that just hit California didn’t do much here. The deer are staying put, and if this continues, more will be arriving this summer. High hopes for March.

Climate: U.S. West very dry in FebruarySummit County Citizens Voice

Very dry across the West in February 2016. Very dry across the West in February 2016.

Where’s El Niño?

Staff Report

El Niño didn’t exactly go gangbusters in southwest Colorado last month, where the key river basins received only about 35 percent of average February precipitation. Statewide mountain precipitation was only slightly better, at 56 percent of normal.

“February in the mountains of Colorado is typically a slightly drier month than compared to say, April. But a dry February like this could have big ramifications should April and May not pan out” said Brian Domonkos, Snow Survey Supervisor with the Natural Resources Conservation Service.

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