HELENA- As Montana heads into the wettest time of the year, drought conditions are looming.
In this year of Godzilla El Nino, unsurprisingly Montana had a very mild and dry winter. Helena had its least snowy winter on record, with only 14 inches.
Since the beginning of the year, most of the state has had below average precipitation resulting in drought developing. The Rocky Mountain front and the Beartooth Mountains are currently the worst, with severe drought conditions.
The United States Drought Monitor estimates more than 150,000 Montanans are living in some level of drought. While the trends are concerning, the wettest time of the year is approaching as the months of May and June usually deliver the most precipitation, so a recovery or reversal are possible. Just keep your fingers crossed!
However, drought outside of Montana could have an impact on Montana. El Nino brought near average rainfall and snow, but most of the state is still in exceptional long term drought.
This is significant because California produces the majority of many American fruits, vegetables, and nuts: 99% of artichokes and walnuts, 97% of kiwis and plums, 95% of celery and garlic, 89% of cauliflower, and 71% of the country’s spinach.