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2016 Drought Outlook is here

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BILLINGS, Mont. -

2016 Drought Outlook has been released through drought.gov.

Montana as a whole is looking good with few areas of concern in northwest and southwest regions.

According to the National Weather Service precipitation levels have been around normal since last fall. NWS Meteorologist, Joe Lester, explains the drought results by saying we can expect equal chances of above, below, or near normal precipitation through the summer.

He continues by saying, "What that means, when the outlook is that, is there's not any climate signals out there to suggest anything that's abnormally dry or wet in either direction."

The drought outlook shows areas around Livingston and the Bighorn Mountains looking at abnormally dry to severe drought conditions over the next several months. Lester said those areas have seen a lot of dry, downsloping winds through the course of the winter, so with fewer precipitation events along the foothills, they've lost snow very quickly and soil conditions have dried out.

"We've not had a real long duration pattern that has given us up slope precipitation. It's been transitioning quickly to drier downslope winds," said Lester and mentions since snowmelt is below average in the mountains, this will dry out the ground even faster.

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