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Snowpack Moderates Drought Conditions

April 18, 2013 State of Wyoming No Comments
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It’s been a reappearance of winter-like weather here this week, and while most people are ready for spring, it is not unusual to hear the words: “we need the moisture.”  In fact, the snowy precipitation this week has elevated water supplies in the river drainages above northwestern Wyoming.  The Natural Resources Conservation Service reports that the Snake River Basin now has a water equivalency in the snowpack there of 97% of the 30-year average, the Yellowstone Basin has 97% of average, the Madison-Gallatin Basin has 95% of average and the Wind River Basin now has 88% of average.  Some basins elsewhere in the state are now boasting more than 100% of their averages. That has improved the drought conditions that have been seen statewide, although the National Weather Service cautions that long range forecasts call for potential drought conditions to persist through June 30th.

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