Washakie County Drought Continues | Big Horn Basin Media

Washakie County Drought Continues

Written by on February 17, 2021

Washakie County appears to be heading for a very dry year. According to the most recent data from the National Weather Service (NWS) most of Washakie County is currently under the “extreme drought.”

According to Micah Hulme of the NWS – Riverton “Our next big storm system is possible for Friday, Saturday and Sunday with a widespread system” that should bring a “good amount of (snow) through-out the state.”

Forecasts indicate that the larger widespread storm may miss Washakie County and because of this Hulme says the summer is not looking great.

“We are transitioning from La Niña into a neutral situation, which tends to bring a dry summer. If we don’t get a good snow in the basin, it will be a continuous dry season throughout spring and into summer.”

He continued to highlight the situation in Washakie County, “That part of the big horn basin is going to be our target trouble area and down into Natrona County. Hopefully with this spring, we will get a few more storms before we hit the summer dry season.”

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