It was the wettest summer on record for #Wyoming — Wyoming Public Radio

Wyoming 120-day precipitation map. Credit: High Plains Regional Climate Center

Click the link to read the article on the Wyoming Public Radio website (Caitlin Tan). Here’s an excerpt:

It was the wettest summer on record for Wyoming – and that record began in 1895. The moisture had huge short term impacts on the drought that began in 2020…[Michael] Natoli said it wasn’t necessarily the wettest summer on record for every single town and city, but it was for the state as a whole.

West Drought Monitor map June 6, 2023.

He said at the start of summer over half of the state was ‘abnormally dry’ and about 30 percent of the state was in ‘drought.’

“By August 22 of this year, we were completely drought free across the state,” Natoli said. He means drought free from the one that began in 2020…

While the snowy winter and wet summer helped, the impacts from the megadrought are far from resolved. Just last year, water reservoirs in western states were being drained at alarming rates. That didn’t happen this year due to the snowy winter and wet summer, but is expected in the years to come. Western states are currently trying to figure out the best way to address the impending water scarcities.

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