(Sheridan, Wyo.) — The snowpack in the Tongue and Powder River basin is at a record, all time low
"We are in record territory. It has never been this low," Lee Hackleman,
NRCS Water Supply Specialist said in Sheridan last night.
If there isn't significant moisture in the coming days and weeks, spring
runoff could be over by May.
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h/t Water Resources Data System / Pitchengine Communities
"We are way below the record, at less than half of what we should have,"
Hackleman said. "It is not going up."
At this time last year, the same region was at 100% snowpack levels, but
2013 was a low year also. Just not as low as this year.
"Whatever it is you do to encourage snow—a dance, a prayer, do it," Jodee
Pring, Project Manager with the Wyoming Water Development Office said.
But the state is working on a Wyoming Weather Modification Program, and has
tested and evaluated the feasibility and effectiveness of cloud seeding in
the Medicine Bow National Forest and in the Wind River Range.
Over a 10-year period, those strategies proved effective, Barry Lawrence,
planning director for the WWDO said. His office is now doing a feasibility
study of weather modification in the Bighorns.
"We are looking at what is possible, and asking, can we do cloud seeding in
the Bighorns?" Lawrence said. Overall, he added, "Wyoming has a lot to be
proud of" in its weather modification program.
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*Cloud seeding graphic h/t Snow Hydro / Pitchengine Communities*
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