snowpack http://wyomingpublicmedia.org en Snowy Winter Brings Record Snowpack http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/snowy-winter-brings-record-snowpack <p>Snowpack around the state is above average this year. Tony Bergantino, a climatologist with the Wyoming State Climate Office, says it’s the highest snowpack on record in five of Wyoming's basins.&nbsp;</p><p>“They’re all above normal, and up in the upper northwest and southwest and in the central part of the state, they’re at the lowest,” se says. “And that’s still about 114-115 percent of normal.”</p><p>Bergantino&nbsp;says the snowy winter has brought most of the state out of drought conditions. &nbsp;</p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 20:10:35 +0000 Irina Zhorov 55789 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Snowy Winter Brings Record Snowpack Winter Snow Control Takes WYDOT Over Budget http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/winter-snow-control-takes-wydot-over-budget <p>Heavy snowfall this winter has crashed the Wyoming Department of Transportation’s budget.&nbsp;&nbsp;Budget Officer Kevin Hibbard says&nbsp;WYDOT&nbsp;budgeted $22-million, but the department over-spent that amount at the beginning of March. &nbsp;</p><p></p><p>“February this year was the most expensive month,” Hibbard says.&nbsp; “We had about 6-million dollars in snow control expenditures in the month of February.”</p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 23:10:31 +0000 Melodie Edwards 55694 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Winter Snow Control Takes WYDOT Over Budget UW’s WyCEHG program could help Wyoming get the most out of its water http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/uw-s-wycehg-program-could-help-wyoming-get-most-out-its-water <p></p><p>In such an arid state as Wyoming, water is precious. Last year, the University of Wyoming created the Wyoming Center for Hydrology and Geophysics, combining field experts and state-of-the art technology to better understand where water goes in after it falls from the sky, since much of it ends up in snowpack or underground.</p><p>There isn’t too much information available about that, but it’s important to state and local water managers, who need to know just how much water they have to work with. Rebecca Martinez reports.</p><p>(beeping)</p> Fri, 25 Oct 2013 22:03:16 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 48950 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org UW’s WyCEHG program could help Wyoming get the most out of its water Despite storms, Wyoming could still face summer water shortages http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/despite-storms-wyoming-could-still-face-summer-water-shortages <p></p><p></p><p>Last year’s drought could impact the Wyoming water supply this summer.<br><br>The National Weather Service says that, although recent storms have helped replenish mountain snowpack, there might not be enough to get back to normal levels of runoff, which is state’s most common water source for crops and municipalities.<br><br>NWS Hydrologist Jim Fahey says that’s because the upper soil levels were parched by the drought and will likely absorb much of the runoff. Fahey says this could become especially problematic for some people during the summer months.</p><p></p> Wed, 08 May 2013 23:41:52 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 40476 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Despite storms, Wyoming could still face summer water shortages Wyoming might get average levels of precipitation this summer http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-might-get-average-levels-precipitation-summer <p>Recent snow storms have brought Wyoming’s level of precipitation back to normal for the month.&nbsp; That’s compared with April of last year– preceding the largest drought in history–when Wyoming was at 66% of average.</p><p>The Belle Fourche River Basin has the highest level of precipitation in the state at 300% of average. &nbsp;And the Sweetwater Basin has the statewide low at 81%.</p><p>Ken Von Buettner is a hydrologic technician for the Natural Resources Conservation Council. Von Buettner is optimistic about having a summer with normal levels of precipitation.</p> Tue, 23 Apr 2013 00:02:55 +0000 Luke Hammons 39694 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming might get average levels of precipitation this summer 2013 Snowpack Forecast Just Short of Average http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/2013-snowpack-forecast-just-short-average <p></p><p>Wyoming’s snowpack is roughly 20% lower than it was at this time last year. It’s currently&nbsp;at 83% of what is considered normal. But&nbsp;state water supply specialist&nbsp;Lee Hackleman&nbsp;says forecasts indicate that 2013 will be a&nbsp;“neutral year”, meaning we may end up with only slightly below average&nbsp;snowpack&nbsp;going into the summer.</p> Fri, 04 Jan 2013 00:14:53 +0000 Sara Hossaini 34815 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org 2013 Snowpack Forecast Just Short of Average Dry weather could lead to hay shortage http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/dry-weather-could-lead-hay-shortage <p>The Natural Resources Conservation Service is warning that the warm, dry weather this spring could drive up winter hay prices.</p><p>Wyoming&rsquo;s snowpack is less than 30 percent of average, and Water Supply Specialist Lee Hackleman says farmers who get their water by diverting streams and rivers will be left high and dry.</p><p>&ldquo;There&rsquo;ll be a lot of people who will probably get their first cutting irrigated but won&rsquo;t have any water for their second cutting,&rdquo;<br /> Hackleman said. &ldquo;So there&rsquo;s liable to be a hay shortage again this winter.&rdquo;</p> Fri, 18 May 2012 14:41:03 +0000 Willow Belden 24257 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Dry weather could lead to hay shortage Wyoming Snowpack Improves http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-snowpack-improves <p>A water supply specialist with the Natural Resources Conservation Service says recent snowfall has improved the snowpack in the state.&nbsp; Lee Hackleman says snowpack is 92 percent of normal statewide after sitting at 80 percent earlier this month.</p><p>&nbsp;&ldquo;The whole state went up this last week,&rdquo; says Hackleman.&nbsp;&ldquo;Some areas went up quite a bit more, like around the Wind rivers and up around the Park, they significantly went up there.&nbsp; But even in the southern part of the state where we didn&rsquo;t get as much,they still went up.&rdquo;</p> Thu, 26 Jan 2012 01:45:39 +0000 Bob Beck 18681 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming Snowpack Improves Experts predict below average runoff in Wyoming http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/experts-predict-below-average-runoff-wyoming <p>Early predictions by federal hydrologists foresee below average mountain runoff in Wyoming this year because of a dearth of snow so far this winter.</p><p>Based on current snowfall in the mountains, hydrologists estimate that Wyoming&#39;s runoff this year will be about 81 percent of average.</p><p>The U.S. Agriculture Department&#39;s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Casper released its first spring runoff estimate on Tuesday. The agency will issue additional estimates into June.</p> Wed, 11 Jan 2012 14:48:48 +0000 The Associated Press 17913 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Experts predict below average runoff in Wyoming