The quotation in the headline for this post is the assessment of David Garen, a hydrologist with the Natural Resources Conservation Service. It’s a slight exaggeration, as the animation above shows. But not by much.
As Garen puts it in a press release issued yesterday by his agency:
Across most of the West, snowpack isn’t just low – it’s gone. With some exceptions, this year’s snowmelt streamflow has already occurred . . . We still have some snowpack in northern Colorado, western Montan