The western states are basking in the warmth. It's 10 to 20 degrees warmer than usual for this time of year in Las Vegas, and late last year we went 118 days without any precipitation at all.
In Colorado, parts of the state have gotten some snow, but other parts are seriously deficient. Some of the ski areas have cut hours of operation for lack of snow, and that's even with snow making equipment.
This time of year, through May, we watch the snow pack information - including the amount of water held in the snow (Snow Water Equivalent) because the melting snow is what irrigates crops to the east, and provides municipal water to cities like Los Angeles and Las Vegas.
I live in the green zone, but the 93% doesn't reflect how few storms we've had this winter, and we worry that our forests are dry and the fire danger next summer will be extremely high.
We're all hoping this year is an anomaly, not the start of worsening drought.