Cheyenne NWS: 2020-2022 SE Wyoming Drought Is Offically Over
The drought of 2020 to 2022 in southeast Wyoming has now been declared over, according to the Cheyenne Office of the National Weather Service.
The agency says snowfall over the winter months combined with the unusually wet spring and early summer weather that hit southeast Wyoming this year has dramatically reduced drought conditions across the Cowboy State.
Likewise, the Nebraska Panhandle is no longer considered to be in a drought, although extreme to exceptional drought conditions still prevail in some areas of eastern Nebraska.
The agency posted the following on Sunday, July 16:
''The 2020-2022 drought is officially over across the NWS Cheyenne forecast area! With the plentiful snowfall last winter followed by the wet and stormy pattern over the high plains since late April, we have seen dramatic drought improvements across the entire area since the start of 2023. A few pockets of "abnormally dry" remain where recent thunderstorms haven't quite made up the long-term deficit yet, but our area is officially clear of drought. Some portion of our area has been in drought for the last 3 full years. The last time we had this little of our area covered in drought was May 26, 2020, just before the impacts of the very hot and dry summer of 2020 were felt.''