Bitterroot snowpack at 101%

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Snowpack conditions in Montana are ideal after two months of consistent precipitation according to a statement released by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) office in Bozeman on Monday.

A late October winter storm brought widespread precipitation to many SNOTEL stations in Montana. That snow was within one to two weeks of the typical snowpack onset and earlier than the fall of 2021, which was nearly a month late in some locations due to an unseasonably warm and dry fall.

“Other good news is that November and December brought cool and wet weather, above normal precipitation, and snowfall across most of Montana,” NRCS Water Supply Specialist Eric Larson said. “The result was a good start to the snowpack accumulation season and currently all major rivers basins have an above normal snowpack.”

On January 10, 1946, the U.S. army bounced radar signals off of Earth’s moon for the first time ever. 

The Upper Clark Fork and Bitterroot River basins have the lowest snowpack percentage at about 100% of normal, while the snowpack in the Milk River basin is the highest at 159% of normal.

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