Finally

Finally, a decent snow in the Bighorn Mountains.   Advertisements

Warm, Dry March

It seemed like March was really dry, but I’m in a new place, so I don’t have years of personal experience regarding March weather in this location. According to the maps below, my impression was correct. We had good snow cover all winter, then it was as if someone just turned the clouds off. Almost…

Wyoming on the Edge of Ogallala Aquifer

The headlines read Aquifer study could lead to water use restrictions in Laramie County  It’s hard to believe we could be draining such a large water resource as the Ogallala Aquifer.

Mountain Snowpack Critical for Stream Flows

Well, we’ve had a few wet snows in the last two weeks here in Wyoming. Due to the warm weather in the first half of April (at least here in Central Wyoming), the soil at lower elevations is able to absorb much of the moisture from these snows, which is a welcome occurrence. I recently heard…

Finally, a Little Snow

Finally, a little more snow in central Wyoming today. We’ve only had one other snow event giving a paltry few inches. We were up on Casper Mountain Saturday and I commented that it looked like the average October dusting, not what we hope to see at the end of January. Powder Pass in the southern…

Wyoming. Land of Extremes

Last year the Wyoming headlines read: “North Platte River reaches record high at Saratoga” “Platte River floods still threaten; half of record snow pack has yet to melt” “North Platte River Flooding 2011” “Planning, weather help Casper avoid flooding” “River keeps rising” “Casper preparing for high water levels” And this year, in the recent headlines…

April Showers in Wyoming

At 5000 plus feet, April showers often come in heavy white crystalline form. This may be our last snow of the season, so I took a quick dash out to get a shot of the mountain as the clouds were lifting. Spring snows are very important to the ecology of Wyoming. The snows of Feb-April…

Winter Watering in Wyoming and the High Plains

Last week we  had three days in a row above 40 degrees F. With no snow cover, this was a perfect time to water shrubs, trees and perennials in the yard. The forecast for Central Wyoming for the first week of 2012 looks good for another opportunity for winter watering. In the high plains, winter…

Pathfinder Dam, Wyoming

The spillway began to flow this past Monday, four or five days ahead of the predicted spill.  Many parts of Wyoming are poised for flash floods and flooding in river ways.

Keeping Tabs on the North Platte River

Probably the best place to keep up with what’s going on with the high spring flows of the North Platte River through Wyoming is at the Newsroom, Bureau of Rec Great Plains Region. The photo of the Pathfinder spillway in 2010 (left) is from the same site.

Wyoming North Platte Flood Danger

The news is coming out in a slow trickle. Quite a contrast to what residents of Casper can see with a glance at the river which runs right through the entire town. If you live along the North Platte River, you know we are facing record high flows similar to last year. In an effort…