Even with a lighter winter than normal, snowpack in Montana is wet and set! The abundant snow in January and above average snow in February have left us in good shape. Stream flow prospects are looking healthy for the rest of the season.
The next 3 months will help to determine what could be an average to above average watershed flow. The Madison Basin is currently at 99% of its mark. The Gallatin Basin is at 120% now. The upper Yellowstone is at 115%. The Jefferson Basin is at 115%.
These primary watersheds fill the Missouri and Yellowstone Rivers, which travels across the state. Full rivers mean plenty of water for fish, wildlife, farmers, and nature. Our temperatures have also been above normal which means less mortality for all wildlife.
Hopefully, the Spring runoff will be gradual. Keeping the rivers below flood will also allow better recreation and fishing. Flood waters are bad for everyone. If our mild weather is a hint of what is to come, Montana is on track for a wonderful outdoor adventure season. Fewer forest fires will also be nice.
Wet and Wild!
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