Lack of Rainfall, Denver and Colorado dried out quickly this summer

DENVER -- So far, summer conditions have dried out greatly. Denver is now well over 2" drier than average this summer, and the year is nearly 1" drier than average. This is not only the case for Denver but most of Colorado.


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Coming into summer there was a nice moisture surplus thanks to our heavy snowfalls. Yet, for this summer - so far -  so many of us are in a high rainfall deficit with most areas well below 70% the average precipitation.

It can be hard to visualize just how much water we are talking about when we say a '2-inch deficit'. Imagine using gallon jugs...If two inches of rain fell right now on an average sized vehicle, that's about 120 gallons of water. If 2" of rain fell at Mile High Stadium that's about 4.8 million gallons of water.

We aren't talking about an isolated car or stadium drought, though. The city of Denver is over 2" drier than average this summer. 2" equates to 5.4 billion gallons of water for the city itself, not the metro area.

For further perspective, the climate division over north-central Colorado including Denver, Boulder, Fort Collins, etc. is roughly 20,000 square miles in need of 2" of rainfall to break even. That's a staggering 695 billion gallons of water.

Simply, we need rain. Of course we do not want it all at once, however, just some rain would be nice.

We do have increasing rain chances for the end of the week and this weekend but nothing to shake a stick at in the perspective of this post. Further, next week looks to be boring in the rain department too. I guess this is where we say, "every drop counts".