Drought returns to Denver metro area

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DENVER — A Stage 1 drought has returned to roughly 2.5 percent of Colorado mostly covering the Denver metro and the Interstate 25 corridor north to Fort Collins.  About 25 percent of Colorado is considered abnormally dry.

Since Jan. 1, Denver International Airport is down almost 2.5 inches of rainfall.  That might not sound like much, but it’s a lot for the Front Range of Colorado.

August and September really hurt rainfall totals. August typically  delivers some much-needed monsoon rains, but this year DIA only recorded 0.22 inches of rain.

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October is following suit and off to a very dry start with only 0.26 inches of rainfall and no measurable snow in Denver.

Oct. 18 is the average date of first measurable snowfall in Denver.  This year, the first snow isn’t due until about Nov. 1.