Drought Conditions Continue to Improve Around Wyoming
May 13th, 2021
Another week is almost in the books which means a new drought monitor has been released. Wyoming saw its drought conditions quickly deteriorate over the late summer months and get even worse during the winter in which a La Niña pattern kept things mild and dry for most of the season. In fact, only the historic snowstorm in March made any sort of impact in reversing the drought trend the state was seeing. But since the arrival of the spring months the state has seen a good deal of snow and rainstorms that have begun to reverse the trend.
For starters, Cheyenne and Laramie are no longer under any level of drought with the release of the new monitor this morning. The winter weather from Monday as well as storms from Mother’s Day weekend have lifted most of Albany and Laramie Counties from the drought the state has been seeing. They now join Sheridan County as well as most of Big Horn County and Northeast Park County in being drought free. There are still areas of the state dealing with Level 4 “Extreme” drought conditions, including Southwest and Northwest Carbon County and the far southern portions of Natrona County. Fremont County is now completely out of the Level 4 “Extreme” drought with the southern half of the county still in Level 3 “Severe”. This includes places like Lander and Jeffrey City. The northern half of Fremont County is now under the Level 2 “Moderate” drought, which includes Riverton and Shoshoni.
Natrona County has also seen big time improvements in recent weeks as well. Casper is now under the Level 2 “Moderate” drought as well along with Natrona, however the southern part of the county is still under Level 3 “Severe” except for the far southern portion which as above is still under Level 4. The eastern half of Johnson County is still under the Level 3 drought conditions as well, with Buffalo being included in this. The western portion of the county has dropped to Level 2 “Moderate”.
More drought relief is on the way as several rounds of storms are expected beginning tomorrow afternoon. Naturally most of these are expected in Southeast Wyoming, but a good portion of this weekend’s storms will be in the eastern half of the state as they form on the leeward sides of the Laramie and Big Horn Mountain Ranges. The best chance for Central Wyoming to see storms going forward looks to be Saturday afternoon as of now when the jet stream reaches its lowest point over the Western US. This is when storms will be the most widespread around Wyoming. Rain chances drop off for most of the state on Sunday, but with a low pressure still hanging over Oklahoma and Kansas the southeastern corner of Wyoming and the Nebraska Panhandle will continue to see activity into next week.
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