The weather in Wyoming (and most of the northern Rocky Mountain Region) has been so cold and wet. They say it's due to a La Nina which takes moisture from the southwest and sweeps it up to the north; leaving the southwest in a terrible drought!! La Nina is when the equatorial Pacific is cooler and El Nino is when it's warmer (we usually have a drought in a El Nino year). They say in Texas right now, it is the worst in 100 years. I can sympathize with them.
Photo taken in June in midst of the drought years in 2004. Notice the lack of green grass and how short it is. We were definitely very short of feed that year! Often we had to begin feeding hay in late September to the middle of May.
After going through a decade of drought (late 1999 to 2008/2009) I know how that wears you out. You are always struggling to get feed/water or whatever to your livestock and paying for it. Or you really bite the bullet and sell them not knowing how you are going to replace or WHEN.
This year places in Wyoming have had almost 200% of the normal precipitation. We are at about 150% over normal here Sixty Miles north of Nowhere. Welcome indeed .......
Tall Grass is Welcome
But it did not come from all this white stuff; we did not get our normal amount of snow.
In stead we got rain; almost every day from early April until late July!!! And that for Wyoming IS definitely not normal.
So with all this rain, you would think there would be a BUMPER CROP of hay, right?
Nope, it was so cool the hay did not grow a lot. Our hay grower told us he is short of hay this year and we won't get our normal 30 tons. The GOOD news is we won't need it. We probably won't have to start feeding until after January first, 2012.
Certainly makes me wonder what Wyoming will look like after the climate changes in about 2050 or 2100. Makes me frightened for my grandchildren and I think I will be glad I won't be here to see our place which is near and dear to my heart. Nope I'll be pushin' up daisies by then, hopefully over on what we call sheep hill where you can see our entire 160 acres and beyond.