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"When we take a look a ...
"When we take a look a snowpack, the vast majority of areas started off poorly and went downhill from there," said Randy Julander, snow survey supervisor for the Natural Resources Conservation Service in Salt Lake City.
"People ask about these current storms.
Every drop counts and we count every drop.
But it's a case of too little too late."
Currently, the Colorado River is running into Lake Powell, the river system's upstream reservoir, at about 45 percent of its historic average, Julander
told Rocky Mountain PBS I-News
"That's ugly with a capital UG," said Julander
Speaking of West-wide conditions, Julander
told The Review-Journal
, "There just isn't any snowpack to melt.
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Randall Julander, a U.S. Department of Agriculture hydrologist, summed the situation up best.
"Slight improvement in the Colorado basin water supply is like expecting a road-killed jackrabbit to feed a whole pack of hungry coyotes.
It's not nearly enough to go around," he said.
"Current runoff for points with ...
"Current runoff for points with unregulated flow remains well below average for most of central and all of southern Utah," summarized Randy Julander, supervisor of the Utah Snow Survey and a primary preparer of the report.
In northern Utah, flow is "near normal."
Statewide, stream flow readings as of July 1 were at 48 percent of normal; not great, to be sure, but markedly better than the 8 percent of normal reported this time last year.
While soil moisture in southern Utah is "very dry," northern Utah is at or near normal levels, Julander
However, "Reservoir storage is declining, currently at 66 percent of capacity across the state, down 5 percent from last month and 4 percent less than last year," he
"It goes along with the saying ...
"It goes along with the saying that 'every dog gets his day' sooner or later," said Randy Julander, Utah's snow survey supervisor for the U.S. Natural Resources Conservation Service.
office forecasts wetter-than-average conditions this month as well, which is a boon for the region's reservoirs.
Rain water percolates into the ground and doesn't flow into streams or other water bodies.
But more rain means less irrigation for lawns, gardens and fields, leaving more water storage for next year.
"Streamflow still isn't great," Julander
said, "but if we don't use a lot of water because of rainfall, so much the better."
"Right now, we do have an El Niño pattern going," Julander
"How long that goes and how it intensifies might say something about the coming winter."
Typically, El Nino means Southern Utah has a higher than normal chance of a really good snowpack, Julander
Northern Utah is trickier to predict.
"(It's) on the border," Julander
"Some years it goes big, other years it doesn't."
One thing does remain certain - conserving water now means there will be more next summer, especially with the region's variable snowpack.
"When it rains, turn your sprinklers off," Julander