In parched Southwest, warm spring renews threat of ‘megadrought’
Rapid melting this year showed that good snowpack doesn’t necessarily translate into full reservoirs. At 12,000 feet on the Continental Divide, only vestiges of the winter snowpack remain. That’s normal for mid-June in the Rockies. What’s unusual this year is the speed at which the snow went. And with it went hopes for a drought-free year in the Southwest.