national weather service http://wyomingpublicmedia.org en Alberta Smoke Creates Wyoming Haze http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/alberta-smoke-creates-wyoming-haze <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Smoke from wildfires in northern Alberta has drifted down into Montana and Wyoming in recent days.</span></p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 21:53:44 +0000 Stephanie Joyce 60815 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Alberta Smoke Creates Wyoming Haze Tornado Touches Down On Casper Mountain http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/tornado-touches-down-casper-mountain <p>A tornado that touched down on Casper Mountain Friday afternoon caught forecasters by surprise. Trevor LaVoie, with the National Weather Service, says the storm systems moving through Natrona County today didn’t show any signs of producing tornadoes.<br /><br />“These types of storms are more general thunderstorms in nature," LaVoie says. "We’re not really seeing a lot of heavy rain, they’re short-lived, and their depth is relatively shallow. They’re only about 15,000 feet thick.”<br /><br />The tornado wasn’t visible on radar, but it was reported by numerous observers.<br /> Fri, 23 May 2014 23:09:50 +0000 Stephanie Joyce 58789 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Tornado Touches Down On Casper Mountain Wyoming is getting its first major snowstorm http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-getting-its-first-major-snowstorm <p>Wyoming&rsquo;s first major snow storm of the season is expected to dump up to a foot of snow in the northern part of the state by&nbsp;Friday&nbsp;night. But meteorologist Mike Weiland says most of the state will see less -- only about 7 inches.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>The&nbsp;storm front&nbsp;is moving down from the Pacific Northwest, bringing lots of&nbsp;moist, Arctic air with it.&nbsp; Weiland says&nbsp;October is typical for the first snow, but that it&nbsp;does tend to take people by surprise.&nbsp; &nbsp;</p><p></p> Fri, 04 Oct 2013 00:46:10 +0000 Melodie Edwards 47890 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming is getting its first major snowstorm 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 Farmers warned about prescribed burns http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/farmers-warned-about-prescribed-burns <p>It’s early in the season, but a few prescribed burns have&nbsp;already spread out of control.</p><p>Meterologist Chris Jones of the National Weather Service in Riverton says one recent case&nbsp;involved an effort to clear weeds along fence line. Wind spread the fire into a trash pile.</p><p>Fire fighters responded and no structures were damaged. But with warmer winds and last year’s drought and subsequent drier soil, Jones expects that more such fires could occur without proper preparation.</p> Fri, 22 Mar 2013 00:48:49 +0000 Sara Hossaini 38333 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Farmers warned about prescribed burns Unseasonable weather equally likely to stay or go http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/unseasonable-weather-equally-likely-stay-or-go <p>This year has been unusually dry so far, and the National Weather Service says it’s not clear if – or when – that trend will change.</p><p>Meteorologist Trevor LaVoie says it’s equally likely that the next few months will be wetter than usual, drier than usual, or just average.</p><p>“There’s no el niño or there’s no la niña phase that’s currently in the outlook,” LaVoie said. “So there’s no signal to say one way or the other that we’re going to be above or below average.”</p> Thu, 24 Jan 2013 01:17:04 +0000 Willow Belden 35652 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Unseasonable weather equally likely to stay or go Dry weather to continue, but temps could drop http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/dry-weather-continue-temps-could-drop <p>Wyoming has experienced record high temperatures this month &ndash; in some cases more than 20 degrees above average. The National Weather Service says that&rsquo;s because winter storms coming in from the west have been following slightly different tracks than usual.</p><p>&ldquo;The lows that have developed have either gone way to our south or have gone to our north,&rdquo; said Chuck Baker, a lead forecaster in Riverton.</p> Thu, 29 Mar 2012 14:45:00 +0000 Willow Belden 21839 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Dry weather to continue, but temps could drop