Montana’s wet spring has improved drought conditions
Montana’s cool, wet spring has improved the state’s drought conditions. The state is expected to release a snapshot of drought conditions Thursday.
Montana is coming off the fourth driest year on record and the wet spring has improved drought conditions.
“We’ll probably have upwards of 20% of the state with no drought category at all," said Michael Downy, head of the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation Service’s Water Planning Section, "and then a bunch more of the state still trending abnormally dry but really not in a drought category.”
Downy says northwest Montana is now nearly drought free.
“Things in northeast Montana, which were really dire last summer – northeast and southeast have improved greatly," he said. "Obviously south-central [Montana] is reeling not from drought but from flooding. It’s really the central core of the state that’s still in more of a drought status.”
North-central Montana remains stubbornly dry. Extended hot, dry weather could erase any gains made over the past few months.
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