February 2021 was a snowy one for Star Valley and much of Western Wyoming. Following are snow totals for several locations around Star Valley.
Star Valley Ranch 81 inches
Thayne 75 inches
Smoot 71 inches
Bedford 69 inches
Nordic Ranch 67 inches
Afton 43 inches
Star Valley Ranch as of the first of March has a winter total 0f 167 inches with the deepest measured on February 20th of 46 inches.
This February was the snowiest in the past 5 years at Star Valley Ranch.
2021 81 inches
2020 66 inches
2119 63 inches
2018 32 inches
2017 41 inches
The February 2021 map of percent of average precipitation for the State of Wyoming shows Lincoln County fared well with upwards of 200 per cent of normal.
The same can be said for the current water year beginning on October 1st.
Much of Wyoming has been drier than normal this winter. Lincoln County is an exception.
Possibly the La Nina jet stream pattern could be a factor for the prolong snow period in Star Valley, and the very cold weather east of the Rockies.
The following is the pattern during a La Nina which was in place this past month.
The strong polar jet is located across Wyoming directing a series of weather system across Star Valley. There was measurable snow for 11 consecutive days at Star Valley Ranch, beginning on the 12th. Star Valley was protected by the Rockies keeping the bitter cold to our east.