Initial January 2012 Wyoming Spring Snowmelt Flood Potential

Quick Synopsis:

Snow water equivalents (SWEs) in early January were below average across western, central, and southern Wyoming headwater watersheds.  Headwater creeks and streams along the Powder and Tongue Drainages had above normal snowpack “water” numbers in early January.  

 

The initial Spring 2012 snowmelt flood potential outlook calls for:

 

...Moderate potential for snowmelt runoff flooding along headwater locations along the Powder (Clear and Rock Creeks), Tongue (Little and Big Goose Creeks), and eastern Big Horn (Shell Creek and Nowood River) Watersheds...

 

...Moderate potential for snowmelt runoff flooding is also expected along the Little Snake River and its headwater streams (to include Savery Creek)...

 

 Low to Moderate potential for headwater snowmelt flooding is expected across the  southern Wind River Basin (Popo Agie River) and the Shoshone River Basin (North and South Forks)...

 

…All other headwater locations across Wyoming can expect a generally low potential for flooding due to springtime snowmelt...

  

Other hydrological information for Wyoming can be found at the NOAA hydrology website:

http://water.weather.gov/ahps2/index.php?wfo=riw

 

Monthly Wyoming Hydrologic Summary and Graphics can be found at:

 

http://www.crh.noaa.gov/images/riw/hydro/hydro_report.pdf

 

The complete Wyoming Spring 2012 Snowmelt Runoff Flood Potential Outlook graphic:

 



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