NWS: Wettest start to a year…ever
(Fremont County, Wyo.) – It’s been a wet 2017 to say the least. Both Riverton and Lander have already set records for being the wettest start to the year ever since the National Weather Service began collecting data in 1907. The following data reflects precipitation from January 1, 2017 through April 20, 2017 when NWS was interviewed for this article.
Since January 1, 2017 Riverton has received 7.77 inches of precipitation (during this week’s storms alone, Riverton received 0.73 inches of rainfall). The previous record was set in 1941 when Riverton received 4.37 inches of precipitation from January 1st through April 20, 1941.
Lander has also had the wettest start to the season so far. Since January 1, 2017 Lander has received 8.59 inches of precipitation through today. The previous record was set in 1973 when Lander received 7.08 inches from January 1st through 1941, 1973.
Note: NWS measures precipitation as rainfall and the liquid equivalent from snowfall, according to Tim Troutman, Warning Coordination Meteorologist.
So where does Riverton stack up for snowfall this season? During the 2016/2017 winter season, Riverton has received 68.2 inches of snow, which is the 4th highest snowfall in one winter season ever recorded. The previous records are as follows:
- 3rd place: 1972/1973 winter – 72.8 inches
- 2nd place: 2009/2010 winter – 76.1 inches
- 1st place: 1919/1920 winter – 92 inches
But “winter” isn’t done yet, says Paul Skrbac, NWS Meteorologist. “An unsettled weather pattern continues and it’s likely we’ll see more precipitation into the next week or so,” he said.