News and Media

Mountain snowpack is off to promising start after last year's snow drought

November 21, 2018

The Fence Post highlights the drought in the southwest, recent improvements, and what's to come, with quotes from Becky Bolinger.

We're hoping for an epic Colorado winter to break our drought

November 1, 2018

Peter Goble chatted with 9News about why drought remains, despite a decent October, and what it would take to end the drought.

Recap of Colorado Water Year 2018

October 10, 2018


Click for more Water Year 2018 stats!

As fall is nigh, drought persists

September 21, 2018

The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel talked with Becky Bolinger about recent drought expansion in western CO and the "wait and see" mode for what the next snow season will bring.

Record-breaking heat, dry weather increase fire danger, worsen drought conditions across Colorado

September 17, 2018

Colorado Springs Gazette interviewed Russ Schumacher to learn more about the recent hot weather and how it's contributing to drought conditions.

Most weather signs are pointing to an El Niño weather pattern this fall and winter

August 31, 2018

Becky Bolinger shares with The Fence Post what an El Niño winter could mean for Colorado.

We're in Drought. So Why Can We Still Water Our Lawns?

July 24, 2018

Russ Schumacher and Regan Waskom interview with KRCC - Southern Colorado's NPR station - about the water restrictions and drought.

A new monthly precipitation record

July 18, 2018

Colorado's Hot Temps Make June the Third Warmest on Record

July 10, 2018

Becky Bolinger talks with Colorado Public Radio about the warmer than average summer Colorado has been experiencing.

Colorado's worsening drought could make 200,000-acre wildfire seasons more commonplace

July 6, 2018

The Denver Post interviews Peter Goble about drought and fire in southern Colorado.

Drought conditions persist in western and southern plains states

July 3, 2018

"...these levels of drought conditions are ranked in the bottom fifth percentile or lower. That means that typically in 100 years, only five years or less would be considered worse..."

June 2018 Southwest Drought and Monsoon Briefing

June 25, 2018


As part of the NIDIS drought webinar series for the Southwest Drought, Becky Bolinger provides an update of current drought conditions in Colorado, Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico. Watch the archived webinar here.

A hot early start to summer!

June 16, 2018

While 90-degree days are common in the summer, they are not nearly as common in May and early June. This start to summer has been the exception.

How far away was that lightning?

June 7, 2018

Is there scientific basis for counting between lightning and thunder to estimate the how far away a storm is? Becky Bolinger breaks it down for us.

How CoCoRaHS weather observing works

February 28, 2018

Noah Newman talks to 9News about the importance precipitation measurements and how signing up for CoCoRaHS can provide extra information to the weather community.

Still time to make up snowpack deficit

February 5, 2018

Assistant State Climatologist Becky Bolinger shares an update on mountain snowpack conditions and what they portend for the rest of winter.

Climate Scientists Answer Trump Nominee's Questions

February 2, 2018

Becky Bolinger answers questions about the Dust Bowl and climate change that were raised by Trump's pick to lead the White House on Environmental Policy.

Warmest November on record, with more warmth to come

December 8, 2017


State Climatologist Russ Schumacher talks about warm November with CSU's SOURCE.

A hot November wraps up Fall 2017

December 4, 2017

A Tale of Two Septembers

October 1, 2017


5-year Snapshots of Drought Across Colorado

July 18, 2017


Twitter post shows how drought has evolved every 5 years for this same week in history since 2002. Notice how western Colorado consistently shows dry conditions. Note the severe droughts that plagued the state during this week in 2002 and 2012.

Precipitation expected due to monsoon, El Niño in Colorado, Wyoming, Kansas and Nebraska

June 30, 2017


Climatologist Becky Bolinger contributes to article about the late summer outlook for Colorado.

CSU Weather Station: 140-plus years of climate data

April 13, 2017


Campus weather station and Noah Newman featured in CSU's SOURCE.

State Record Highs in March

March 18, 2017

International Women's Day

March 8, 2017


The Colorado Climate Center highlights women in climate services, specifically female State Climatologists.

Record February Heat

February 13, 2017

Dry Conditions in Colorado Could Be Shifting

November 29, 2016


9News interviews Becky Bolinger and Peter Goble about current drought conditions in Colorado.