A 2-degree increase would make Denver’s temperatures in 2050 more like Pueblo’s today. The sources of information about climate and the impacts of climate change in this publication are: the national climate assessments by the U.S. In metro Denver, snow totals ranged from 14 to 31 inches. For first time in 8 years, 100% of Colorado is under drought or abnormally dry conditions Federal designation is consistent with wider transformation of Southwest amid climate change

Colorado has warmed substantially in the last 30 years and even more over the last 50 years. Rising temperatures will tend to reduce the amount of water in many of Colorado’s streams and rivers, melt mountain snowpack earlier in the spring, and increase the water needed by thirsty crops and cities, according to the new report, “Climate Change in Colorado: A Synthesis to Support Water Resources Management and Adaptation,” which updates and expands upon an initial report released in 2008. Program, synthesis and assessment products by the U.S. Climate Change in Colorado: A Synthesis to Support Water Resources Management and Adaptation. (American Meteorological Society, 2005) Snow is melting 15-30 days earlier than it was 25 years ago.

For more information, please contact: Katy Human. Even if the future brings more precipitation, the report notes, skiers, farmers and cities may not benefit because a warmer atmosphere will pull more moisture out of the state’s snowpacks, soils, crops and other plants.

As Colorado’s climate continues to warm, those who manage or use water in the state will likely face significant changes in water supply and demand, according to a new report on state climate change released today by the Western Water Assessment and the Colorado Water Conservation Board. The Colorado report comes on the heels of international and national assessments that discuss likely impacts of climate change in broad regions, and it leverages those assessments to provide state-specific information. “Already, snowmelt and runoff are shifting earlier, our soils are becoming drier, and the growing season has lengthened,” Lukas said.

In producing “Climate Change in Colorado,” the authors sought to provide information that would be useful to people involved in making long-term decisions about Colorado’s water in the face of climate change.

Among the findings presented in the new report: The Western Water Assessment (WWA) is part of the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES), a joint institute of CU-Boulder and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Global Change Research . Future warming in the state is likely to lead to more heat waves, wildfires and droughts. Colorado report: climate change projected to reduce water in streams, increase water needs for crops, cities This news release was provided by the NOAA Cooperative Institute for Research and Environmental Sciences at the University of Colorado in Boulder. The newest climate models are split on whether the future will see increasing, decreasing or similar amounts of annual precipitation in Colorado. Working in partnership with other organizational units of the NOAA, a bureau of the Department of Commerce, NOAA Research enables better forecasts, earlier warnings for natural disasters, and a greater understanding of the Earth. The Report.