Wyoming. Land of Extremes

Last year the Wyoming headlines read: “North Platte River reaches record high at Saratoga” “Platte River floods still threaten; half of record snow pack has yet to melt” “North Platte River Flooding 2011” “Planning, weather help Casper avoid flooding” “River keeps rising” “Casper preparing for high water levels” And this year, in the recent headlines…

Major Wyoming Rivers Now Below Flood Stage

Finally, all the major drainages in Wyoming have dropped below flood stage. As this article points out, however, the rivers are still swollen and dangerous. As you drive by the North Platte in Casper, it doesn’t look like it is moving very fast,or that it would be considered dangerous, but the shear volume is what…

See North Platte River Gauge Readings

You can go to WeatherForYou to see the latest river gauge readings for the North Platte River in Casper – or anywhere you may want to check. We are still, thankfully, holding below true flood stage.

North Platte Through Casper

North Platte Through Casper First of June 2011 It is estimated the North Platter River through Casper, Wyoming will come up 1 to 2 feet by the end of next week.  I’ll be keeping my eye on this guy to gauge the river’s rise.

Pathfinder Dam, Wyoming

The spillway began to flow this past Monday, four or five days ahead of the predicted spill.  Many parts of Wyoming are poised for flash floods and flooding in river ways.

Pathfinder Dam Will Spill Late May

Pathfinder Dam Wyoming. With the cool weather of this past week they predict water will begin to go over the dam spillway late next week. Some areas of the watershed received more snow over the last two days increasing the snowpack levels to almost 200% of normal for this time of year. See the article…

Keeping Tabs on the North Platte River

Probably the best place to keep up with what’s going on with the high spring flows of the North Platte River through Wyoming is at the Newsroom, Bureau of Rec Great Plains Region. The photo of the Pathfinder spillway in 2010 (left) is from the same site.