posted on Jul, 31 2012 @ 02:03 AM
Wouldn't read too much into this story. Like a few posters have mentioned, it has been a little warmer than normal this year in Wyo. Not much
hotter, I've experienced hotter summers within the last decade here in Wyo, but it is still fairly warm.
The problems me thinks are that low winter snowpacks in the region really took its toll. Haven't seen what the water levels at Yellowstone lake are
this year, but recent years I've noticed it vary from average shorelines, to OMG those used to be islands out there (tops of trees sticking out of
the water) to OMG that used to be islands (water so low). And the variations in the lake aren't from the caldera...we're talking 10-20 feet
This link gives
a good idea of the snowpack levels currently in Wyoming. If you
scroll down, you'll find the Yellowstone basin in there. Basically, you're gonna look at the right 3 numbers. 1st number is Current, 2nd is Avg,
3rd is % of Avg.
Burnt Mtn and Cole Creek look to be the hardest hit, with both being at 59% of average of normal precipitation levels. Not sure if these basins are
associated with the rivers that are being closed to fishing or not....So....
another link for river observations in Western Wyoming. And it looks like
there are a couple of rivers in Yellowstone that are tracked. Should be able to see flow rates of the rivers in those areas by clicking on the the
links on the map. Pretty sweet and interactive as well.
Madison River Hydologic Data
Anyways, trout are a pretty sensitive species. I also think there is an endangered species of cutthroat trout in the region that is very vulnerable
to high temperature variations.
I tried to get some of the Snowpack data into an external quote thingamajig....but couldn't get the columns or rows to line up properly....and the
hydrological data is map format...so it is pretty interactive as is.