Drought a Concern Again This Year

Laramie, WY – Wyoming State Climatologist Jan Curtis expects the drought will continue in Wyoming this year. Curtis says the state's mountain snowpack is averaging about 85% of average right now. He says a much higher snowpack is needed to improve the drought situation. He says the northern and western parts of the state are in the best shape with moisture currently. But the recent warm, dry weather can quickly make snowpacks disappear. Curtis says the short term forecast is for continmued warm and dry conditions. Cooler weather and average precipitation is called for from late April through June, But Curtis is not optimistic that level of precipitation will have much of an impact.