Recent and Current Conditions
Wyoming experienced its 45th warmest and 29th wettest June out of 128 years according to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Centers for Environmental Information database, retrieved July 27. Scaling to the county level, the adjacent tables show temperature and precipitation rankings of select counties for the month of June.
The U.S. Drought Monitor (USDM) map for Wyoming, released July 21, shows, compared to a month ago, some areas of Wyoming experienced an improvement in conditions while other areas degraded. Over 10 percent of Wyoming is now classified as ‘none’ on the USDM, while nearly 27 percent is classified as abnormally dry and nearly 63 percent of Wyoming continues to experience moderate to extreme drought.
View the current USDM map at bit.ly/2S28VTA. Consider submitting a Condition Monitoring Observer Report at bit.ly/3c4WRLR.
Eight to 14-day,
NOAA’s eight to 14-day forecast for August 3-9, made July 26, shows a 33 to 70 percent probability for above normal temperatures for all of Wyoming – with the probability decreasing from east to west. For the same timeframe, the forecast shows a 33 to 50 percent probability for above normal precipitation for nearly all the state. The exceptions are along the eastern border and the greater northeast corner of Wyoming where near normal precipitation is forecasted.
The August forecast, made July 21, indicates a 40 to 60 percent probability of above normal temperatures throughout all of Wyoming. For the same timeframe, there is a 33 to 40 percent probability for below normal precipitation diagonally from the northwest to the southeast corners of the state – and east of the Continental Divide.
For the rest of Wyoming, there is an equal chance for above, near or below normal precipitation. For details and to view more NOAA forecasts, visit cpc.ncep.noaa.gov.
The 2022 Grass-Cast maps, which forecast grassland productivity, are now available. Visit grasscast.unl.edu/ to view the maps, updated biweekly.
Windy K. Kelly is the regional Extension program coordinator and state specialist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Northern Plans Climate Hub, University of Wyoming Extension and WAFERx. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 307-367-4380.