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Date: 3/15/2021

Title: What a Storm!

The major storm that hit the Rockies and portions of the High Plains this past weekend was both a blessing and a curse.

Drought conditions have been widespread since late last summer over a large part of the western USA and 2021 up until this past weekend has been dry.  In just two days, some river basins in Wyoming and Colorado saw some of their seasonal snowpack levels increase between 20% to 43%!

The graphic below shows the snow water equivalent values from the storm of March 13-14th across the nation.

Note the blue and purple areas in Wyoming and Colorado (1.00 to over 3.00” of water). However, despite the great precipitation that was desperately needed, severe weather conditions did impact stock growers across many areas of WY, NE, CO, SD and KS.

In areas that did not did not receive a lot of snow did receive quite a bit of rainfall. Parts of eastern Colorado, western Kansas and central Nebraska picked up 1.50 to 4.00” of rain (and some snow).

While not ending the drought, this past weekend did put a dent into it for parts of CO, KS, WY, NE and SD with some areas of eastern NM picking up some good rainfall as well.