DENVER (AP) — Officials say a year after most of Colorado was drought-free, nearly all of the state is now experiencing a dry spell.
The U.S. Drought Monitor says the western corners of the state were abnormally dry during the summer of 2019, but the rest experienced no drought.
The Colorado Sun reports that now every part of the state, except a sliver of Weld County, is parched.
Conditions have deteriorated over the past year due to drier conditions, warmer temperatures and a higher level of evaporation.
Drought monitor author Richard Heim said it will take several years of heavy rain for the state to return to 2019 figures.