Why is it difficult to figure out how much snow will make it to the Colorado River?

Alex Hager, KUNC
May 11, 2023

By Alex Hager, KUNC Colorado

Sublimation of Snow (SOS) Project scientists line up to dig a snow pit. L-R: Danny Hogan, Jessica Lundquist, and Eli Schwat. Photo: Emilio Mateo/AGCI

It’s surprisingly hard to say exactly how much water trapped in the Rocky Mountain snowpack will actually reach the Colorado River in a given year. In this report for NPR’s Morning Edition, KUNC’s Alex Hager explores how Sublimation of Snow Project scientists are looking for ways to help people downstream know how much water to expect.