U.S. Drought Monitor

BUFFALO — As the sun ducked under the Bighorn Mountains and a golden glow took over the Friday evening sky in early July, hay broker Jason Watts was still in his tractor, making another pass on his hay field during the first cutting of the season. While Watts drove, freshly cut hay dropped out of...

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Water is already nonexistent in the small pond located on Kenwood Drive outside of Newcastle. In previous years this area had significantly higher water levels and/or ice cover at this time of the year. 

 
The drought in Weston County, Northeast Wyoming and the entire state is expected to continue as precipitation is anticipated to be below average, according to the Farmers’ Almanac.  “The drought is seeming to persist or worsen across Weston County as we move into spring. We’re approaching a...
Hay prices causing issues for stockgrowers   By Ryan Hanrahan Buffalo Bulletin Via Wyoming News Exchange   BUFFALO — Consistently worsening drought and skyrocketing hay prices in Wyoming are causing issues for livestock owners’ pocketbooks and their ability to sustain full herds. "I'm hearing...
Drought forces ranchers into tough, desperate decisions   By Cary Littlejohn Gillette News Record Via Wyoming News Exchange   GILLETTE — A cloud of dust kicked up as Cass Hurley shuffled down a small hill in the middle of the 320-acre ranch she and her husband operate off North Heptner Road in...

Photo by Alexis Barker/NLJ

The pond located on Kenwood Drive is extremely low after two years of nearly covering the road in 2018 and 2019. Drought has persisted in Weston County with fires already becoming an issue in the Black HIlls. 

 
Alexis Barker NLJ News Editor   Continued dry weather in Weston County over the past year has led to an increase in fire danger, although no burn ban is in place at this time, according to Daniel Tysdal, Weston County fire warden. Last summer was extremely dry and 2021 to date has been similarly...

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