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Some Drought Relief May be on the Way

July 27th, 2020
Published: Jul. 27, 2020 at 11:59 AM CDT
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After a cooler weekend, some of us are starting the week off on a warmer note once again, however that heat will be short lived thanks to a mild cold front making its way through the state overnight Tuesday into Wednesday. A weak mid-level trough will push through Wyoming on Tuesday, upping the rain chances for almost everybody in the state. Locations such as Cheyenne, Laramie, and Casper will likely all see some rain on Tuesday, with some places expecting more than others. The GFS (American Model) predicts that the southeastern portion of Wyoming and into the Nebraska Panhandle will see the most rain. That being said, any rain for locations such as Casper and Douglas is helpful at this point. The central and northeastern regions of Wyoming haven’t seen much rain at all over the past month, and thus the drought conditions for these areas have steadily worsened. Based on the latest drought monitor, Cheyenne is under a level 1 drought. By comparison, Casper is under a level 3, Douglas is under a level 2, and Buffalo is just outside of a level 4.

The cold front itself could bring some rain on Wednesday. The winds will shift from the south on Tuesday into the northwest on Wednesday, indicating the arrival of the cold front. The winds on Wednesday will likely be breezy for many locations, however at this time it looks as though Thursday will see the strongest winds coming from the north. Thursday is forecast to be the coolest day of the week for many locations across Wyoming before temperatures soar again heading into the next weekend. This will be thanks to a ridge that builds over the western US following the passing of the trough, resulting in high pressure over states like Wyoming and Montana. Conditions for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday are expected to be rather benign for the Cowboy State with the exception of the strong wind on Thursday.

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