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A dry spring on the Colorado River

Today’s Colorado Basin River Forecast Center briefing, and some followup email conversation with forecaster Brenda Alcorn, yielded some truly remarkable numbers:

  • forecast April-July inflow into Lake Powell, which is the largest reservoir in the Upper Colorado River Basin, at 2.7 million acre feet, is the lowest forecast since the federal center began issuing them in 1979.
  • The two consecutive runoff seasons, 2012 and ’13 April-July numbers combined, will be (if the forecast holds) the driest such two-runoff period since Lake Powell began operation in the 1960s.

Folks, we’ve got a drought going on.