WPR News
2:35 am
Mon August 14, 2006

Drought Remains A Concern

Casper, Wy –
Wyoming's drought situation is becoming more severe. A lot of snow this winter would help repair the land next year, but one expert says there's another factor contributing to the problem: the timing of the snowmelt. Dr. Kevin Trenberth is the head of climate analysis at the National Center for Atmospheric Research. He says the snowpack has been melting two weeks earlier than usual, which means the water arrives in Wyoming streams too early. Trenberth notes that this causes problems for many Wyoming plants and grasses. Trenberth says snowmelt has been consistently early in the western United States a trend he blames on snowmelt.