Rain doesn’t nudge May precipitation levels above normal

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SHERIDAN — Despite a rainy weekend in Sheridan, the area’s total precipitation accumulation remains slightly below average so far in May.

According to figures from the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Billings, areas within city limits have seen about 77-100ths of an inch of precipitation this month compared to an average of 1.45 inch.

This weekend, however, felt like a different story for most of Sheridan County.

Near constant rains Sunday resulted in about 35-100ths of an inch of accumulation leading to rising water levels in several streams throughout the region.

Still, meteorologist Sean Campbell said the risk of flooding remains low.

“It might be close in some instances, but for the most part we shouldn’t see any major flooding or anything like that (near Sheridan),” he said.

While creeks and rivers may well be running higher than normal levels, Campbell said overflow should be limited to minor flooding along the banks.

Although May’s total precipitation levels have been sluggish, the area remains near average for total accumulation so far this year.
Since Jan. 1, the area has seen about 5.06 inches compared to an average of about 5.13 inches.

Campbell said several isolated snowfalls in March and April helped push the area up toward normal levels.

He added, though, that it remains too early to say whether the recent rain will play a role in preventing wildfires later in the summer.

Campbell added that area residents who witness flooding or other unusual weather events should call his office at 406-652-0851 to report the incidences.

“That gives us a better picture of what’s going on,” he said.
Temperatures in Sheridan are expected to rise gradually this week before hitting a high of 76 degrees on Friday.

While the weekend’s rainfall will likely taper off this afternoon, a chance of thunderstorms will linger for most of the week.

By |May 20th, 2013|

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Paolo Cisneros joined The Sheridan Press staff in August 2012. He covers business, energy and public safety. A Chicago native, he graduated with a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2011.