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Weather extremes

Mon., May 9, 2011

 In Wyoming, communities are already placing sandbags in anticipation of potential flooding. Last year, the state got a wakeup call when flooding damaged bridges, roads and homes and required the Wyoming National Guard to deploy 400 soldiers to help.

 In Montana, Gov. Brian Schweitzer declared a flood emergency for one county in the northeastern part of the state where spring melt has caused flooding along the Milk River, particularly near the city of Glasgow and where the river meets up with the Missouri River.

 More than 61 feet of snow has fallen in the Sierra Nevada this season – second-most on record to the 65 feet that fell on the high country in 1950-’51.

 “It’s our longest season ever,” Donner Ski Ranch spokesman Diogo Custodio enthused. “If we need to stay open until July 4, we will.”

 By then, Arizona hopes the monsoon season will have kicked in to alleviate severe drought conditions in the southern part of the state.

 Federal land managers have yet to impose fire restrictions in Arizona, but it’s a different story in New Mexico.

 Three of the state’s five national forests have imposed at least some restrictions.

 There have been few spring days in New Mexico without red flag warnings.


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