Corps Expects Dry Spring
According to the Army Corps of Engineers, runoff into the mainstem reservoir system will remain below normal, at least through spring. The National Drought Mitigation Center indicates that with the exception of portions of Montana and North Dakota, much of the Missouri River basin is suffering from severe to exceptional drought conditions. The worst drought conditions exist over much of Wyoming, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas and northwest Iowa.
Based on the current soil moisture and snowpack conditions, 2013 runoff in the Missouri River basin above Sioux City, Iowa is forecast to be 20.5 million acre feet, 82 percent of normal. Runoff during 2012 totaled 19.8 million acre feet, 80 percent of normal.
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