Southwest Colorado in 'exceptional drought'

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Southwest Colorado in 'exceptional drought'

Conditions expected to persist until monsoon season arrives in July
The San Juan Mountains are normally covered in snow this time of year, but they sit mostly bare Tuesday as drought conditions increase across the region. As of Monday, the Animas, Dolores, San Miguel and San Juan basins are at 31 percent of normal snowpack levels, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
The U.S. Drought Monitor lists Montezuma and La Plata counties as being in "exceptional drought" - the most critical drought category. Dry dirt can be found in abundance across Southwest Colorado, including on farms and ranches, where wind can cause dust storms and further evaporate any remaining moisture.

Southwest Colorado in 'exceptional drought'

The San Juan Mountains are normally covered in snow this time of year, but they sit mostly bare Tuesday as drought conditions increase across the region. As of Monday, the Animas, Dolores, San Miguel and San Juan basins are at 31 percent of normal snowpack levels, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
The U.S. Drought Monitor lists Montezuma and La Plata counties as being in "exceptional drought" - the most critical drought category. Dry dirt can be found in abundance across Southwest Colorado, including on farms and ranches, where wind can cause dust storms and further evaporate any remaining moisture.
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