NRCS Weekly Report: Wind River snowpack grew a bit last week, Sweetwater basin holding

(Casper, Wyo.) – The Natural Resources Conservation Service reported Monday that the statewide Snow Water Equivalent statewide is still above median, at 135 percent compared with a 102 percent median last year at this same time.

Locally, the Wind River Basin is three points higher this week than last, at 120 percent of the median. One year ago, the basin was at 95 percent of median. The Sweetwater River Basin stands at 98 percent of the median, two points lower than last week but much higher than one year ago when that basin was only at 65 percent for the last week of April.

“Overall, we are still faring very well,” said Water Supply Specialist Lee Hackleman at the NRCS. In his weekly media release, Hackleman said “the next few days call for more showers so the state median might raise a little by next week.”

Hackleman said the numbers fluctuate wildly for the Black Hills region at this time of year, so those were eliminated from the chart below.

See the graphic above and the chart below for the statewide numbers:

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