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Snowpack lags as Wyoming finishes 2012

Posted: Friday, Jan 4th, 2013


Pioneer Editor

MOUNTAIN VIEW – The snowpack in the Uintas which feeds Stateline and Meeks Cabin Dams is slightly below average according to the Bridger Valley Conservancy District report on Tuesday, Jan. 1.

The is in keeping with the state-wide report released by Lee Hackleman, a water supply specialist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, on Jan. 1.

Hackleman said the state's average snowpack dropped to 84 percent of median levels by Dec. 31– down from 87 percent the week before.

According to the Conservancy District’s report, the snow pack in the Uintas is estimated to be between 80 and 100 percent, “averaging about 90 percent” which is down slightly from the week before.

As for the reservoirs, Meeks Cabin’s irrigation storage was estimated at about 19 percent. The inflow was approximately 30 cubic second feet last week which was about the same as the week before. Approximately 10 cubic second feet is being released through the outworks.

Inflow at State Line is approximately seven cubic second feet, and irrigation storage is about nine percent. Approximately four cubic second feet is being released through the outflow.

As far other areas of the state, Hackleman said basins in southeastern Wyoming need to see more snow to catch up with the rest of the state.

Last year at this time, statewide snowpack was at 103 percent of median level.

For the complete article see the 01-04-2013 issue.

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