The Trouble With Rain

(Photo by Judy Hagerott)

We conclude our series today about springtime flooding. Sheridan Media’s Ron Richter has the details.

Throughout the week we’ve reported that the snowpack on the Bighorn Mountains is normal for this time of year; the spring flood outlook for Sheridan County remains low to moderate; and a wet spring is what’s being predicted by the current weather models.

Meteorologist Todd Chambers with the National Weather Service in Billings says that rain plays more of a role in how fast the snowpack melts than does the air temperature.

Chambers said that what typically accelerates the runoff process to the point of flooding is when you have several warmer than usual days followed by several days with consistent rainfall.