The final snowpack report for Sheridan County was released Wednesday. According to data released by the Natural Resources Conservation Service of Sheridan County, the Tongue River and Clear Creek drainages show significant increases in snow water relative to the 30 year median since April 1.
The Tongue River drainage is at 102 percent of median and the Clear Creek drainage is at 105 percent of the 30 year median. The report indicates that despite the favorable snow water data, total precipitation at the Tongue River snotel sites remains below average at 81 percent of average for the 2013 water year thus far. The Powder River drainage snotel sties are on track with average at 99 percent of average precipitation.
While the recent snows should keep stream levels relatively normal this spring, how much rain we receive over the next month will play a big role in determining drought conditions this summer.