LYMAN — Oh what a wonderful Easter Sunday and the thermometer tipped up and up with many areas in Wyoming breaking records for the day.
According to reports, record high temperatures were set across the state on Saturday and Sunday as the unseasonable weather for the area continued. Many areas received record temperatures, and as SLC’s Channel 2 reported the weather Sunday night, they said Evanston had set a new record as the temperature hit 71. It was every bit that warm in the Valley as my own thermometer edged pass the 71 mark to 72. But then again, the Valley is usually warmer than the Evanston area.
A cold front moved into the area on Monday night and into Tuesday dropping the temperatures back into the normal range for April in this area.
The warmer weather subsided Monday night and cooler temperatures and a trace of snow blanketed the Valley. The rest of the week had a gradual warm-up and tomorrow was predicted to hit the low 60s.
According to a report by Cowboy State Daily about the heat last weekend, “You know it’s a heat wave when Big Piney, Wyoming — frequently known as the icebox of the nation — hits 70 degrees in April, which it did on Sunday. Normally this time of year, Big Piney averages 44 degrees for the high temperature.
“Records also fell in Buffalo, Casper, Cheyenne, Cody, Lander, Laramie, Rawlins, Riverton, and Rock Springs. Some of the previous record highs had been around for a long, long time too.
“Cheyenne’s high of 76 degrees on Sunday broke a 132-year record as the previous high of 72 degrees had stayed on the record books since 1889 — before Wyoming was a state.
“The real hot stuff occurred just to the east of Wyoming where Scottsbluff, Nebraska hit 85 degrees. That beat the former high of 81 degrees which was set back in 1942.” Kimball, Nebraska, a small town, about 45 miles south of Scottsbluff hit 80 degrees. Family members said, “The widows were open and the ham was in the oven. Happy Easter.”
In the latest report by the Bridger Valley Conservancy District Monday, April 5, the water in both reservoirs had increased some. The inflow at Meeks Cabin was about 48 cubic second feet (cfs), which was about 5 more cfs than the day before. Irrigation storage is about 20 percent. About 10 cfs were being released from the reservoir.
As for Stateline Dam, the inflow was about 10 cfs, which was up about 2 cfs than the day before. Stateline’s irrigation storage was about 15 percent, and about four cfs were being released through the dam.