It's been a long winter. Or seems like it. The October blizzard kicked it off and cold and snowy weather followed, giving KOTA Territory few breaks. But how much snow has actually fallen?
Kody Steinbrecher, water commissioner for Wyoming, and his partner Ryan Mar, National Resources Conservation Service, were in Reuter Canyon Wednesday conducting a snowpack survey.
The moisture at Reuter Canyon is 19% above average, compared to last year around this time when the measurements were 15% below average. The snow water equivalent is 10 inches.
That's compared to the average of eight inches. So, if you melted all the snow, there would be 10 inches of water.
Steinbrecher says this could change. "The Black Hills are kinda versatile," said Steinbrecher. "We could have a snow storm tomorrow and change everything, or we could get very warm and it run off and the snowpack change."
This snowpack survey shows Reuter Canyon has about one inch more snow than last month.