2022 drought conditions

futurafree

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I know that average snowpack is a low value toward the end of the season, so any snowfall will drastically change the current value for percent of normal, but still.
So despite the 100+ numbers in the Greater Yellowstone and Bob and Glacier areas, we should expect an average or slightly below average year because the previous months weren't above average?

And even though Cloud Peak has 500+ at the end of May, it might just be an average or slightly above average year because these readings came late in the season when it might temporarily jump 5x from say an average of 4 inches to 20 inches and then quickly melt out?

But the abysmal numbers in SW Colorado are indeed catastrophically low?
 

TheMountainRabbit

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balzaccom

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It's going to be a long, hot summer. sigh.

BISHOP, Calif. – The Inyo National Forest and Bureau of Land Management Bishop Field Office will be implementing fire restrictions effective on all Federal lands under their jurisdiction starting Monday, June 6. Seasonal fire restrictions for the Eastern Sierra Region are being implemented in close coordination with other state and local county agencies.

“Due to dry conditions and high fire danger, it is necessary to implement these seasonal fire restrictions,” said Bureau of Land Management Field Manager Jeff Starosta. “We want to protect our visitors, communities, and natural resources from the risk of wildfire. Please do your part to help us minimize fire potential.”

The following restrictions will be in place on both agency lands:
  • No Campfires, briquette/charcoal barbeques, or stove fires are allowed outside of agency-provided fire rings or barbeques at designated developed recreation sites. Dispersed campfires such as rock rings, will no longer be allowed.
  • No Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or in an area at least three feet in diameter barren of all flammable materials.
  • No welding or operating acetylene or other torch with open flame.
Additionally, on Bureau of Land Management lands only:
  • No target shooting, except with a State of California hunting license and in accordance with California hunting regulations.
  • No motorized vehicles or tools powered by internal combustion engines off designated roads or trails (such as chainsaws or lawn mowers).
As always, possessing, discharging or using fireworks or pyrotechnic devices are prohibited across both Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management lands. Additionally, a valid California Campfire Permits is required whenever you operate a stove or fire on these public lands.
 

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These are pretty standard summer fire restrictions. TBH, I wish they would ban campfires completely. At the rate things are going CA will close its National Forests again this summer.
 

Kmatjhwy

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The entire Southwest is in such a bad shape, just so horrendously dry. Fires here indeed this summer. Just wonder how the summer monsoon season will be in the Southwest.

It is good to see all the snow now in the PNW mountains and the Northern Rockies. Was looking at several news stories on how both Going to the Sun Road in Glacier and the Beartooth Highway is still closed on account of the snow. But what will the summer entail? The snowpack up high could last all summer if it continues to be sooooo cloudy and rainy in those parts. But if it turns hot and dry there could be problems with all the abundant grasses and vegetation on account of the moisture. See What Happens. Supposedly have heard the La Nina weather are supposed to continue till next winter at least.

Onething for sure that when that snow melts up high, all the resulting water and runoff up high will mean the mosquitoes will be bad this summer in those parts. But would rather have the mosquitoes then the fires.
 

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So despite the 100+ numbers in the Greater Yellowstone and Bob and Glacier areas, we should expect an average or slightly below average year because the previous months weren't above average?

And even though Cloud Peak has 500+ at the end of May, it might just be an average or slightly above average year because these readings came late in the season when it might temporarily jump 5x from say an average of 4 inches to 20 inches and then quickly melt out?

But the abysmal numbers in SW Colorado are indeed catastrophically low?
Yes to all of the above, as far as I understand it.
 
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