Severe drought in Mesa and Montrose counties

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO)-- The latest drought report showing Severe Drought in both Mesa and Montrose counties.

This year has been one of the driest on record for Grand Junction. The area has had the lowest precipitation on record between July 1st to November 7th. There's been only .54 of an inch of precipitation accumulation during that time. On average, there would be close to four inches of accumulation within that time frame.

"We do have the benefit of a good snow season last year. While we're starting to see stream flows and reservoir storage decline, we're not in nearly the state of emergency that we would be, had this last snow season been bad," said Peter Goble, Climatologist and Drought Specialist.

Experts blame this past monsoon season for the rain deficit. It wasn't a strong one for much of the Western Slope.

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