When It Rains, It Pours
January 14, 2014

When It Rains, It Pours: The Climate Link Between Extreme Precipitation and Drought

By Allison Crimmins

From the photos my Colorado friends posted this summer, I wasn’t surprised to learn that 2013 has been the wettest on record for Boulder. However, Boulder also experienced drought, the most destructive wildfire in Colorado’s recorded history, and a week of record heat. How is it that Colorado can experience both extreme wetness and extreme dryness in one year?