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April 2023 Southwest Drought Briefing

Apr 18
April 18, 2023
1:00 pm - 1:35 pm
The Colorado River is a major source of water for the Southwest U.S.

The Southwest has seen record-setting snowpack this winter. Short-term drought in the region has greatly improved. As we look forward to the spring melt, what will this mean for reservoir storage and long-term drought? This webinar examined current and forecast drought conditions for Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, and Utah and then highlighted the spring runoff and streamflow forecasts for the Colorado River Basin. 


  • Current Climate Conditions and Outlook: Dave Simeral, Western Regional Climate Center/Desert Research Institute
  • Colorado River Forecast: Michelle Stokes, Colorado Basin River Forecast Center