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Early Hay After Rain in May

[custom_headline type=”center” level=”h1″ looks_like=”h3″ accent=”true”]Broadwater County Drought Resiliency Index Report[/custom_headline] [custom_headline type=”center” level=”h1″ looks_like=”h5″ accent=”true”]June 3, 2016[/custom_headline]


  • Deep Creek Stream Flow is Below Average.
  • Montana snowmelt occurred 1-3 weeks earlier than normal this year.
  • Average Temp in Townsend during May was 53° F.
  • Canyon Ferry Reservoir has below average inflow and discharge.
  • Countywide Average Precipitation was 2.67” during the month of May.


We have had a very unusual pattern of weather events in the past few months which makes it hard to determine what is going on with our rivers, streams, reservoirs, canals, etc.

April hit Montana with sunny and warm days overwhelming the state’s snowpack and causing a record breaking snowmelt period.  Snowmelt occurred 1-3 weeks earlier than normal.

After the record breaking snowmelt, in May we received some cooler, wetter temperatures which helped stabilize the snowpack that we had lost in April.  And April pulled through with some phenomenal rainbows in the county.

Now we have arrived in the earlier part of June and it has gotten HOT, and FAST!  On June 3, Boulder Mountain snowpack still remained above average, but after receiving a full week of blazing temperatures, those numbers have dropped below average very quickly.


May Precipitation, Deep Creek Stream Flow, and Canyon Ferry Reservoir summaries and data can all be found below…

[custom_headline type=”left” level=”h1″ looks_like=”h5″ accent=”true”]Deep Creek Stream Flow, June 3[/custom_headline]




Deep Creek Stream Flow is roughly 10 cfs (475 miners inches) below the 4 year average.





[custom_headline type=”left” level=”h1″ looks_like=”h5″ accent=”true”]Broadwater County Regional Rainfall[/custom_headline]


precip*This precipitation is reported by several volunteers throughout the county. Due to the volunteer’s varying schedules, some are not able to report all rain events. The precipitation shown in this table only includes the consistently logged records.


[custom_headline type=”left” level=”h1″ looks_like=”h5″ accent=”true”]Canyon Ferry Reservoir[/custom_headline]



June_CFCanyon Ferry Reservoir inflow as of June 3rd was at 60% of its 30 year average inflow for that time.  In 2015, the inflow into Canyon Ferry was almost 2,000 cfs more than normal.

Not only was the inflow down, but also the discharge into the Missouri was about a 1,000 cfs difference then normal.  However, the reservoir storage remains normal, and higher than the average June capacity.

factLet’s continue being strong stewards of the land and prepare to be more DROUGHT RESILIENT!

If you are interested in receiving any more information contact Katie Mumford, Broadwater Conservation District’s Big Sky Watershed Corps Member:   or     406-266-3146 x102


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