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Rainfall Brings Some Relief to Hot and Dry Summer

August 31, 2003 -  The unofficial end of Summer over Labor Day weekend began with a taste of fall with wet and cool weather across west and central Wyoming.   The first week of Summer of 2003 started wet and cool, but then very warm and dry conditions prevailed for most of July and August.  A slow-moving upper level low pressure system stalled over eastern Idaho on Friday, August 29th and dumped over an inch of rain on parts of far west Wyoming.  The storm system then tracked slowly across southern Wyoming on Saturday, churning out widespread rainfall amounts of 0.50 to 0.75 inches across the south and central.  Clearing skies Sunday morning even revealed some snow-capped peaks in the Absaroka and northern Wind River Mountains.   

Storm Total Rainfalll, August 29 & 30, 2003
Location Rainfalll (Inches)
Cora 1.10
Moose 1.06
Dubois 0.95
Star Valley Ranch 0.94
Hudson 0.85
Arminto 0.75
Boulder 0.74
Lander (3 miles southeast) 0.73
Riverton (30 miles north) 0.70
Sixth Crossing 0.67
Rock Springs (downtown) 0.66
Lander Airport 0.60
Riverton Airport 0.59
Martins Cove  0.53
Jeffrey City 0.50
Rock Springs Airport 0.50
Thermopolis (15 miles southeast) 0.50
Riverton (8 miles north) 0.48
Kirby 0.46
Casper Airport 0.43
Shoshoni 0.40
Worland Airport 0.39
Big Piney Airport 0.36
Boysen Reservoir 0.30
Fossil Butte 0.29
Lake Yellowstone 0.20

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