“While Utah’s statewide snow water equivalent (SWE) had been hovering around average for a while, April did not deliver its typical amount of precipitation. As of May 1st the statewide SWE is 78% of normal. By comparison, at the beginning of April the statewide SWE was 107%. This change resulted from a well below average amount of precipitation for the month and widespread early melting of Utah’s snowpack. May 1 streamflow forecasts range from 39% to 100% for all locations in Utah. The lowest expected runoff volumes, in terms of percent normal, are predicted for the Price River and its tributaries, several Weber River tributaries, the Strawberry River, and streams near Moab and Monticello. At the other end, the forecasts for several tributaries of the Bear River basin are more optimistic, with around 90-100% of average flow expected during the runoff period. Early meltwater from this year’s snow has already begun to replenish the state’s water supply infrastructure: reservoir storage is at 84% of capacity statewide compared to 72% last year.”
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