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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom threatened Monday to impose mandatory water restrictions if residents don’t use less on their own as a drought drags on and the hotter summer months approach. Newsom raised that possibility in a meeting with representatives from major water agencies, including those that supply Los Angeles, San Diego…

April and May may have rained on peoples’ plans, but the wet weather was exactly what Wyoming needed, building snowpack closer to average amounts for this time of the year. The Wyoming Natural Resources Conservation Service released another snowpack/snow water equivalent report – it’s the 23rd of the current water year. The “water year” is…

There’s not a lot of good news in the latest Wyoming Water Supply Outlook, as the impacts of an abnormally warm winter are becoming more apparent. The Wyoming Natural Resources Conservation Service released an updated hydrologic report on April 7. Overall, it’s not looking good. “A majority of basins across Wyoming had an average of…

By SETH BORENSTEIN AP Science Writer The American West’s megadrought deepened so much last year that it is now the driest in at least 1,200 years and is a worst-case climate change scenario playing out live, a new study finds. A dramatic drying in 2021 — about as dry as 2002 and one of the…

Winter weather conditions leave Wyoming with above-average precipitation, below-average snowpack, and a good chance but no guarantee of average spring runoff. The Natural Resources Conservation Service has released its Wyoming Water Supply Outlook for February 2022. The report is a hydrologic forecast based on the weather, climate, and snowpack across the state. Numbers in the…

No basin in the Bighorn Basin is expected to reach capacity in 2022, which isn’t a promising sign for a region that’s already “abnormally dry.” The Bureau of Reclamation released its snowmelt forecast on Thursday, Jan. 13. In the report, the spring runoff of each river in the Bighorn Basin is calculated to determine how…

Sage grouse numbers remain in flux in Wyoming, as early analysis suggests there were declines in reproduction during 2021 which will affect populations in 2022. Wyoming Game and Fish released an early assessment of 2021’s sage grouse numbers. Based on those numbers, there are indications sage grouse reproduction declined slightly in the last year. Wings…

Snowy weather is exactly what Wyoming’s snowpack needs, as the snow in the state’s western basins starts to average out after a concerningly dry fall. Every aspect of Wyoming relies on its winter snowpack. The melted snow fills the state’s aquifers and reservoirs, sustaining the state’s agriculture, animals, and people. The Wyoming Natural Resources Conservation…

While it’s too early to say how much moisture Wyoming will receive this winter, below-average snowpack across the state is already a worrisome sign for 2022. November might have been enjoyably warm in Wyoming, but it’s not great news for the state. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, November’s average temperature was about…

The Buffalo Bill Reservoir will not reach capacity this year, as the Bighorn Basin continues to endure drought conditions and less snowpack runoff in 2021. On June 22, the Bureau of Reclamation released its snowmelt forecast for Bighorn River Basin. Across the board, forecast volume for reservoirs throughout the Bighorn Basin are below the 30-year…


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