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Precipitation Returns in May Adding to the Snowpack, Snowmelt is in Full Swing


Yellowstone River near Yankee Jim Canyon flowing at about 15,000 cfs and nearing its 2021 snowmelt driven peak. (Photo June 6, 2021)

Following two months of well below average precipitation, rain and snow was welcomed across much of Montana during May. Two mid-month storms brought significant precipitation to the Rocky Mountain Front and portions of the Flathead River Basin according to data from the USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). SNOTEL sites near Seeley Lake and Lincoln, Mont., received record amounts of May precipitation. Overall, the recent precipitation was beneficial and added much needed snow to the remaining upper elevation snowpack across the region. Unfortunately, other portions of Montan...

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