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Drought is Bad, Will These Storms Help?

By: Jordan Frazier
Published: Jul. 15, 2021 at 7:39 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - We saw much warmer temperatures today across the cowboy state when compared to yesterday. Although, these are the temperatures we are supposed to see this time of year according to almanac data. To the northwest region of the state, fire weather warnings and air quality alerts remain in effect until tomorrow afternoon, however, I expect these to be extended. Lots of dry conditions out to the north west are fueling these fire risks and the lack of rain isn’t helping out the current wildfire situation either. The new drought monitor came out today and while I don’t typically talk about it, I wanted to bring it up today considering all the rain we had over the last few weeks.

Drought conditions are still severe for much of the state despite the rain that we got last...
Drought conditions are still severe for much of the state despite the rain that we got last week and this week.(Jordan Frazier)

Despite that, much of the state is still under severe drought conditions. I am hopeful that the increase in rain chances over the next few days will help, but we haven’t seen any significant accumulation recently. For tonight, the risk for severe weather is staying toward the southeastern corner of the state with the capital under a marginal risk. There have already been a number of severe thunderstorm warnings issued and some of these are producing hail over an inch in diameter. This is still due to that stationary front that is trying to move out of our region.

The stationary front sitting over us is struggling to move. Most of it will move out to the...
The stationary front sitting over us is struggling to move. Most of it will move out to the east tomorrow leaving much of the severe weather over Nebraska.(Jordan Frazier)

I expect it to begin moving eastward for tomorrow leaving much of the severe weather over the Nebraska panhandle. For the rest of the state, we can expect to see scattered showers and storms, most of them sticking to the southern regions, but nothing in terms of severe weather as the Storm Prediction Center has the state under a general thunderstorm threat. In terms of temperatures, tonight will be warmer than last night, but still right where we should be this time of year. Tomorrow, a little bit warmer than today, but nothing in terms of the oppressive heat that we saw last week. Going into the weekend, the rain chances will stick around for the south, but after that, dry and seasonable conditions are expected for much of the state going into next work week.

The heat is back on again tomorrow as we continue this warming trend. However, this is where we...
The heat is back on again tomorrow as we continue this warming trend. However, this is where we are supposed to be this time of year according to almanac data.(Jordan Frazier)

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