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Snowpack below average, close to last year.

Posted: Friday, Mar 15th, 2013

A heavy wet snow blanketed the Valley Saturday morning bringing much needed moisture to the area. Warm temperatures Saturday melted a lot of the snow. And, the scene was much different than later in the week as the thermometer crept up to temperatures near 60. PIONEER PHOTO/Virginia Giorgis


Pioneer Editor

BRIDGER VALLEY – A heavy wet snow blanketed the Valley Saturday morning bringing much needed moisture to the area.

It is too early to tell how the water situation for the Valley will be this summer.

National Weather Service hydrologist Jim Fahey says runoff into Wyoming reservoirs will be pretty low this year if more snow doesn't pile up in the mountains this spring.

According to Brad Rippey, USDA meteorologist, half of the nation is still experiencing drought, but he said things look better now than during last spring. He said the Midwest has a more favorable moisture situation, at least in the topsoil. He did say there were still a lot of concerns from California to the central and southern plains. He also talked drought concerns from South Dakota to Texas and point west to California.

The National Weather Service said February precipitation in state river basins was 85 to 90 percent of average, and the mountain snowpack across the state continues to lag at around 80 to 85 percent of average.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the southern part of the state has lower median snowpack than the northern half. It is hoped the state’s wet season, end of March through early June, will bring adequate moisture so the state will be no worse than last year.

The Bridger Valley Conservancy report on March 11 placed the snow pack in the Uinta Mountains at about 80 percent of average for this time of year when the Smiths Fork and Blacks Fork drainages are combined.

As for Meeks Cabin and State Line reservoirs on the BVCD report Monday, Meeks Cabin is at about 25 percent of its irrigation storage. The inflow is about 24 cubic second feet (CSF), which is up slightly from the week before. Approximately 10 CSF are being released from the reservoir.

Stateline irrigation storage is at about 11.5 percent. Its inflow is about 6.5CSF, and the outflow is about four CFS.

For the complete article see the 03-15-2013 issue.

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