Colorado's Latest Heat Wave Causes Concern

March 3 2009, 9:01 AM

Denver set a record high temperature of 74 degrees yesterday, leading the National Weather Service to warn that although it is winter, the danger for wildfires in the mountains and plains is high, reports CBS4, which notes it hasn't been so hot this early in the year since 1901. The pattern won't change any time soon, according to The Denver Post, which notes warmer and drier conditions will persist as snow in the mountains has been minimal in recent months. Blame that weather monster in the Pacific Ocean, La Niña, which tends to parch Colorado, only exacerbating a drought that has more or less persisted in the state since 2002. Moreover, Paul Larmer for High Country News points out that the West's water supply is shrinking--and Colorado may have legal access to just one-tenth of the water it thought it had. That means the Front Range will need to push conservation harder than ever if it expects to grow as predicted. And even then, there probably won't be enough water to go around, Larmer writes.

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