Ed's Almanac

Sep 26, 2012 1:55 PM by Ed McIntosh Q2 Weather Center

Ed's Almanac: Record tying dry stretch

No question this has been an extended dry spell, and this drives the point home. Here is a public information statement released from the Billings National Weather Service Office today:

The Sheridan, Wyoming airport has not received measurable precipitation since August 10th. That is a stretch of 46 consecutive days through Tuesday September 25th. This ties the record for longest stretch of days without measurable precipitation, done previously during the winter of 2002-2003. The following is a list of the top 5 most consecutive days without measurable precipitation at Sheridan. The date listed is the beginning of the stretch. Measurable precipitation is defined as 0.01 inches or more, thus a trace is not measurable. Records at Sheridan go back to 1907.

46 days 08/11/2012
46 days 12/05/2002
34 days 07/29/1925
34 days 10/21/1908
33 days 08/08/1988

There is a slight chance of showers in the Sheridan area today and Thursday, and although rainfall is expected to be light, it is possible that this streak could come to an end. If rain does not occur today or Thursday, the record could extend beyond 50 days as dry weather is anticipated this weekend and early next week.