Wet September closes wet water year
For the second year in a row, a wet late summer helped salvage what had been a dry water year. In fact, more than seven inches of rain in July, August and September resulted in greater than average total rainfall in Monticello for the water year, which ended on September 30.
The 3.38 inches of rain in Monticello for the month of September is 244 percent of normal.
The situation this year was very similar to one year ago, when a wet summer monsoon season had a similar impact on the water year.
Despite the fact that heavy rains have recharged ground water and filled many stock ponds, larger reservoirs in the area are still low.
Recapture Reservoir is still holds hundred acre feet of water less than the conservation pool, making the reservoir functionally unusable.
Loyds Lake currently holds less than one quarter of its capacity.
It will take heavy winter snow storms to recharge the water in area reservoirs.