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Intermountain West Drought Early Warning System
While all five states in the Intermountain West depend on the over-allocated Colorado River, climatic, geographic, economic, and social conditions vary significantly across the region, which ranges from deserts and riparian woodlands to high valleys and alpine systems. The Southwestern Monsoon is a dominant driver of weather in the southern states, while continental weather systems have a greater impact on the northern states. Droughts may onset quickly as a flash drought in portions of Colorado and Wyoming, and may last decades, as with current conditions in parts of Arizona. The Intermountain West DEWS helps foster interstate coordination to cope with current and future droughts and growing water demands and supports increased communication and collaboration between scientific, water, and land management communities.
U.S. Drought Monitor - Intermountain West DEWS
As of June 30, 2020
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