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March 2018

A late season barrage of storms nearly quadrupled the average water content of the Sierra Nevada snowpack between mid-February and the end of March, and generally improved runoff and water-supply prospects in California and many other areas of the West, including the Great Basin and the Intermountain region. Cold, stormy weather also prevailed across the northern High Plains, further easing long-term drought. Monthly temperatures averaged at least 5 to 10°F below normal in many locations across Montana and western North Dakota.

 

Weatherwise Contributing Editor BRAD RIPPEY is the U.S. Editor of the Weekly Weather and Crop Bulletin of the Joint Agriculture NOAA Weather Facility.

Weatherwise Contributing Editor JEFFREY B. HALVERSON is Professor of Geography at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

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