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Tuesday, February 20, 2018, 8:40AM: BITTER COLD TEMPERATURES in place for western and central Wyoming over the next couple of days. Daytime temps ranging from -5F to -30F in places. Wind chills could drop to -25F to -40F below zero at times. Should be sunny and only light snow. Dress warm and cover exposed body parts to keep from frostbite. Carry emergency gear in your vehicle. Outside recreationists and workers should be prepared for extremely cold weather conditions.  
Bitter cold temperatures
Bitter cold temperatures in place for the next couple of days for western and central Wyoming Temperatures will fall rapidly behind the exiting Arctic cold front and clearing skies in western and central Wyoming. Much of the region will range from -5F to -25F below zero by around or just after sunrise. Yellowstone National Park, in addition to many other mountain locations, will see low temperatures dropping to as low as -30F below zero. Click on this link to see the cold temperatures from Monday night to Tuesday morning, Feb 19th Photo by National Weather Service.
Alix Crittenden from Bondurant. Photo courtesy Kendall Valley Lodge.
Sled Dog racing The Upper Green River Valley is fortunate to have great terrain for sled dog racing. The International Pedigree Sled Dog Race and the Pinedale Sled Dog Classic both were held here in February. Pictured here, Alix Crittenden from Bondurant raced in both races. Photo by Kendall Valley Lodge.
Top-rock climbing near Elbow Lake in the Wind River Mountains. Photo by Fred Pflughoft.
Top-rope climbing near Elbow Lake in the Wind River Mountains of Wyoming Local photographer Fred Pflughoft has posted a new album in his photo gallery on Pinedale Online. It is a great compilation of many of the adventures he and his wife Sue have had over their long years of adventures backpacking, climbing, and skiing all over the western United States and Canada. Click on this link to see his newest photo gallery: The Glory Days Photo by Fred Pflughoft.
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Tuesday, February 20, 2018 weather for Pinedale, Wyoming
Tuesday, February 20, 2018 weather for Pinedale, Wyoming
Brrrrr, -26F in Pinedale (posted 2/20/18)
Very cold temperatures finally arrived this winter in Pinedale, making it feel more like January than mid-February. Overnight lows dipped to -26F degrees in Pinedale last night, according to the National Weather Service. Daytime weather will have some sunshine, but temperatures will struggle to get up to the teens this week (12F to 21F), with a slight chance of some snow. Nighttime lows will drop to -18F degrees this week.

Below are the top 10 coldest overnight temperatures by county in addition to airports and other notable locations for Monday night, February 19, 2018 ending at 530 AM Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - from the National Weather Service in Riverton, Wyoming


Location, Temp, Time/Date, Elevation (ft.)

Big Horn County

13 NE Ten Sleep, -27 F, 0510AM, 02/20, 8038
5 NW Granite Pass, -20 F, 0400AM, 02/20, 9350
Greybull Airport, -19 F, 0524AM, 02/20, 3935
Basin, -18 F, 0440AM, 02/20, 3897
Lovell, -18 F, 0518AM, 02/20, 3830
Cowley Airport, -18 F, 0435AM, 02/20, 4090
30 E Greybull, -17 F, 0958PM, 02/19, 8898
17 E Shell, -17 F, 0400AM, 02/20, 9580
Bald Mtn., -16 F, 0300AM, 02/20, 9380
5 ENE Hyattville, -13 F, 0452AM, 02/20, 5670

Fremont County
14 ENE Dubois, -34 F, 0415AM, 02/20, 7365
17 NE Dubois, -27 F, 0200AM, 02/20, 8400
11 N Dubois, -22 F, 0100AM, 02/20, 8750
Crowheart, -19 F, 0522AM, 02/20, 6099
6 NW Dubois, -19 F, 0245AM, 02/20, 7189
10 N Dubois, -19 F, 0157AM, 02/20, 8085
13 W Fort Washakie, -19 F, 0300AM, 02/20, 8620
10 SE Crowheart, -18 F, 0515AM, 02/20, 5654
10 W Dubois, -18 F, 0106AM, 02/20, 8432
12 SW Lander, -18 F, 0400AM, 02/20, 8700
Riverton Airport, -17 F, 0500AM, 02/20, 5525
Jeffrey City, -11 F, 0419AM, 02/20, 6374
Lander Airport, -10 F, 0500AM, 02/20, 5586
3 NNW Hudson, -10 F, 0446AM, 02/20, 5555
South Pass, -9 F, 0355AM, 02/20, 8556

Hot Springs County
9 WNW Thermopolis, -23 F, 0450AM, 02/20, 4902
Thermopolis, -17 F, 0525AM, 02/20, 4426
Kirby, -16 F, 0515AM, 02/20, 4350
10 S Meeteetse, -16 F, 0342AM, 02/20, 7127
22 WSW Hamilton Dome, -14 F, 1200AM, 02/20, 8975

Johnson County
18 WNW Buffalo, -24 F, 0445AM, 02/20, 8580
Cloud Peak, -23 F, 0400AM, 02/20, 9860
20 SW Echeta, -20 F, 0500AM, 02/20, 4068
15 W Buffalo, -18 F, 0400AM, 02/20, 8720
15 WSW Buffalo, -17 F, 0400AM, 02/20, 8360
18 NW Buffalo, -17 F, 0747PM, 02/19, 8604
14 WNW Mayoworth, -16 F, 1000PM, 02/19, 8200
Powder River Pass, -16 F, 0900PM, 02/19, 9480
14 WNW Mayoworth, -15 F, 0200AM, 02/20, 8200
Kaycee, -15 F, 0504AM, 02/20, 4681
2 NW Mayoworth, -15 F, 1149PM, 02/19, 5404
25 ESE Buffalo, -12 F, 0500AM, 02/20, 4657
7 NE Buffalo, -11 F, 0427AM, 02/20, 4370
Buffalo Airport, -10 F, 0500AM, 02/20, 4970

Lincoln County
6 WNW Granger, -20 F, 0400AM, 02/20, 6359
Kemmerer, -19 F, 0500AM, 02/20, 6980
4 E Opal, -18 F, 0300AM, 02/20, 6589
4 W Kemmerer, -17 F, 0200AM, 02/20, 6989
Blind Bull Summit, -12 F, 0100AM, 02/20, 9000
13 W Kemmerer, -12 F, 0145AM, 02/20, 6718
Deadman Mtn, -11 F, 0100AM, 02/20, 10350
Box Y Ranch, -10 F, 0200AM, 02/20, 6650
3 E Sage Junction, -10 F, 0100AM, 02/20, 6378
15 NE Cokeville, -9 F, 0200AM, 02/20, 8180
Cokeville, -9 F, 0400AM, 02/20, 6194
Thayne, -6 F, 1258AM, 02/20, 5928
Etna, -1 F, 0127AM, 02/20, 5823

Natrona County
Casper Airport, -21 F, 0500AM, 02/20, 5320
Natrona, -20 F, 1125PM, 02/19, 5589
8 S Casper, -19 F, 0252AM, 02/20, 7740
Casper Mtn, -19 F, 0100AM, 02/20, 7850
Casper, -19 F, 1200AM, 02/20, 5399
28 N Waltman, -17 F, 0700PM, 02/19, 8550
2 SE Hiland, -17 F, 1035PM, 02/19, 6134
20 N Casper, -17 F, 0346AM, 02/20, 5677
8 SE Evansville, -16 F, 0515AM, 02/20, 5592
22 SE Casper, -16 F, 1200AM, 02/20, 8500
Independence Rock, -16 F, 0415AM, 02/20, 5920
Casper Outer Drive, -15 F, 0511AM, 02/20, 5463
Midwest, -14 F, 0522AM, 02/20, 4865
Pathfinder Reservoir, -11 F, 0430AM, 02/20, 5858

Park County
9 E Tower Junction, -29 F, 0215AM, 02/20, 7266
NE Entrance Yellowstone, -29 F, 0445AM, 02/20, 7360
9 W Canyon, -27 F, 0325AM, 02/20, 7686
6 SSW Mammoth, -27 F, 0500AM, 02/20, 7382
1 WSW Canyon, -27 F, 0325AM, 02/20, 7830
5 ENE Tower Junction, -27 F, 0325AM, 02/20, 6312
4 W Pahaska, -27 F, 0300AM, 02/20, 7120
1 SW Canyon, -26 F, 0449AM, 02/20, 7900
Sylvan Lake, -26 F, 0400AM, 02/20, 8420
Tower Falls, -25 F, 0230AM, 02/20, 6266
2 N Frannie, -22 F, 0453AM, 02/20, 4275
Beartooth Lake, -20 F, 0300AM, 02/20, 9275
Pahaska, -20 F, 0230AM, 02/20, 6800
Cody Airport, -19 F, 0500AM, 02/20, 5100
20 SW Cody, -19 F, 0410AM, 02/20, 5843
Chief Joseph Hwy, -19 F, 0531PM, 02/19, 8136
Buffalo Bill Reservoir, -18 F, 0245AM, 02/20, 5357
Meeteetse, -17 F, 0518AM, 02/20, 5797
5 WNW Clark, -17 F, 0149AM, 02/20, 4659
Mammoth, -16 F, 0515AM, 02/20, 6300
Powell Airport, -13 F, 0515AM, 02/20, 5050

Sublette County
7 NE Pinedale, -26 F, 0426AM, 02/20, 8530
21 W Big Piney, -25 F, 0309AM, 02/20, 8200
10 E Big Sandy, -21 F, 0400AM, 02/20, 9080
Snider Basin, -20 F, 0400AM, 02/20, 8060
28 WNW Big Piney, -19 F, 0200AM, 02/20, 8500
6 NW Cora, -18 F, 0433AM, 02/20, 7462
Pinedale Airport, -18 F, 0515AM, 02/20, 7085
14 N Farson, -16 F, 0500AM, 02/20, 6780
1 NE Pinedale, -15 F, 0512AM, 02/20, 7382
8 SE Bondurant, -15 F, 0421AM, 02/20, 7797
Pinedale, -12 F, 0500AM, 02/20, 7310
East Rim Divide, -5 F, 0400AM, 02/20, 7930
Bondurant, -3 F, 0500AM, 02/20, 6650
Big Piney Airport, -3 F, 0500AM, 02/20, 6974

Sweetwater County
I 80 - Mile Marker 131, -20 F, 0505AM, 02/20, 6636
20 ENE Opal, -16 F, 0501AM, 02/20, 6556
12 W Green River, -16 F, 0430AM, 02/20, 6130
Farson, -13 F, 0515AM, 02/20, 6594
I 80 - Mile Marker 184, -12 F, 0516AM, 02/20, 7112
3 ENE Granger, -12 F, 0400AM, 02/20, 6254
13 E Wamsutter, -12 F, 0500AM, 02/20, 7052
I 80 - Mile Marker 124, -12 F, 0516AM, 02/20, 6475
I 80 - Mile Marker 157, -12 F, 0435AM, 02/20, 6965
7 WSW Rock Springs, -12 F, 0515AM, 02/20, 6238
Green River, -6 F, 0445AM, 02/20, 6091
Rock Springs Airport, -6 F, 0513AM, 02/20, 6760

Teton County
1 W Grant Village, -34 F, 0330AM, 02/20, 7874
Lake Yellowstone, -30 F, 0500AM, 02/20, 7835
2 S Grant Village, -30 F, 0300AM, 02/20, 7980
Old Faithful, -27 F, 0325AM, 02/20, 7481
12 SE Lake, -27 F, 0325AM, 02/20, 7807
1 ESE Grant Village, -27 F, 0325AM, 02/20, 7771
Old Faithful, -26 F, 0230AM, 02/20, 7350
Lake Village, -23 F, 0230AM, 02/20, 7875
4 W South Entrance YNP, -20 F, 0245AM, 02/20, 7040
32 ESE Jackson, -19 F, 0300AM, 02/20, 8750
Togwotee Mtn Lodge, -13 F, 1200AM, 02/20, 9184
Togwotee Pass, -13 F, 0100AM, 02/20, 9850
South Entrance YNP, -12 F, 0445AM, 02/20, 6900
Summit - Jackson Resort, -10 F, 0500AM, 02/20, 10318
Snake River At Jackson Lake, -7 F, 0330AM, 02/20, 6779
Moran Junction, -6 F, 1259AM, 02/20, 6749
7 E Moran Jct, -6 F, 0452AM, 02/20, 7251
Grand Targhee - Chief Joseph, -6 F, 1200AM, 02/20, 8800
Raymer - Jackson Resort, -6 F, 0500AM, 02/20, 9360
Teton Pass, -5 F, 1035PM, 02/19, 8463
Alta, -4 F, 1030PM, 02/19, 6430
Moose, -3 F, 0510AM, 02/20, 6466
Kelly, -2 F, 0524AM, 02/20, 6653
Jackson Hole Airport, -1 F, 0456AM, 02/20, 6445

Washakie County
12 ENE Ten Sleep, -20 F, 0414AM, 02/20, 8202
Ten Sleep, -18 F, 0525AM, 02/20, 4470
1 NNE Worland, -18 F, 0519AM, 02/20, 4065
Worland, -17 F, 0519AM, 02/20, 4042
12 SE Big Trails, -16 F, 0300AM, 02/20, 7760
Worland Airport, -16 F, 0500AM, 02/20, 4245
15 SSW Big Trails, -15 F, 0740PM, 02/19, 6554
6 SE Ten Sleep, -14 F, 0500AM, 02/20, 4541
10 SSE Worland, -13 F, 0517AM, 02/20, 4520

Observations are collected from a variety of sources with varying equipment and exposures. The National Weather Service thanks all volunteer weather observers for their dedication. Not all data listed are considered official.


Spring 2018 Flood and Water Resources Outlook (posted 2/19/18)
National Weather Service - Riverton Wyoming
This Spring and early Summer 2018 flood outlook includes the Wind, Big Horn, Green, Powder, Sweetwater, Shoshone, and Upper Yellowstone River Basins. A small portion of the Snake and the Lower North Platte Basins is also used to make this runoff forecast. The outlook is from today through the end of June.

Many basins east of the continental divide receive up to 55 percent of their water year total for precipitation during the months of March through May. Accordingly, mountain snowpack can drastically change from late winter to late spring for basins east of the continental divide.

Wyoming generally does not see any significant mountain snowmelt runoff until early to middle May, with mountain snowmelt runoff peaking around early June. Therefore, at this time, it is way too early to make any long range prediction on & the magnitude of flooding due to mountain snowmelt runoff.

This outlook is based on various diverse hydrological factors such as snow water equivalents (SWEs) in the mountain snowpack, basin morphology (i.e. how basins respond to snowmelt), amount of biological factors (beetle kill, blight), low elevation snow depths, and likely temperature and precipitation trends into late spring/early summer.

Current water precipitation is averaging 90 to 100 percent of normal across Wyoming.

Mountain snowpack across Wyoming is 100 to 115 percent of average.

Wyoming carryover reservoir storages are 115 to 125 percent of average for February.

Above normal snowmelt streamflow volumes are expected across major drainages from central through northwestern Wyoming.

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Other hydrological information for Wyoming can be found at the NOAA website: www.weather.gov/riw/local_hydrology

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Hello from PyeongChang 2018! Photo courtesy Cassy and Tom Johnston.
Hello from PyeongChang 2018! Photo courtesy Cassy and Tom Johnston.
Hello from PyeongChang 2018! (posted 2/18/18)
Greetings from the 2018 Olympics from Tom and Cassie Johnston
Cassy Johnston sent in this photo from the 2018 Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea. She has gone from Pinedale to join her husband, rancher Tom Johnston, who is the chief of race for ski events at the 2018 Winter Olympics. He is responsible for preparing the snow to world-class conditions at the 2018 Games. The 2018 Winter Olympics run from February 9 - 25, 2018.

We wrote an article about Tom in February 2016 about how he had already been over there for months directing a crew of Koreans on how to lay down the track with artificial snow, grooming the surface, then shaping the terrain and jumps according to World Cup standards. More information about Tom and his role as ‘master of snow’ here: Tom Johnston gains international fame as Chief of Race for ski events at the 2018 Olympics.

More information about the Olympics can be found here: https://www.olympicchannel.com.


Historic stamp prices
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Price of 1st Class Stamp increases to $.50 cents (posted 2/13/18)
It now costs a penny more to mail a first class letter in the U.S. The United States Postal Service increased its postal rates effective January 21, 2018. A first-class Forever stamp has increased from $.49 cents to $.50 cents. Domestic postcard stamps and metered letters also have increased by one cent, to $35 cents and $.37 cents respectively.

Shipping Services have also gone up $.05 cents with the price increase.
Small Flat Rate Box, up to $7.20
Medium Flat Rate Box, up to $13.65
Large Flat Rate Box, up to $18.90
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Nordic Ski Race start. Photo by Terry Allen.
Nordic Ski Race start. Photo by Terry Allen.
Wyoming Senior Winter Games 2018 (posted 2/12/18)
Terry Allen
There are about 195 national flags flying in Pyeongchang, Korea for the 2018 Winter Olympics, and Courtney Skinner may have had close to that number flying in Sublette County, Wyoming on February 8, 9, and 10 for our Wyoming Senior Winter Games. I can’t imagine what our various events would be like without Courtney voluntarily decorating them like he does.

Objectives of the Wyoming Senior Olympics are:
To promote ideals of health and wellness of adults through a more active lifestyle.
To erase myths that life is over after 50, by the philosophy that "you don’t stop playing because you grow old; you grow old because you stop playing."
To promote the socialization and educational aspects of the senior games by emphasizing recreational participation and proper training.
To promote opportunities for team spirit.
To promote the concept of adult athletics.
To encourage inter-community, state-wide, nation-wide and world-wide associations for participants.
To provide a showcase event that will be of interest to persons of all ages.
To educate and train participants and spectators in the areas of adult athletics and exercise.
To promote sportsmanship, volunteerism and camaraderie among individuals of all age levels and affiliation.

About 78 athletes from around the state, plus Montana, Colorado, and Nevada came to Pinedale to compete in Snowshoe, Nordic skiing, Swimming, Pickleball, Alpine Skiing, Speed skating, Racquetball, Rock climbing and Walking.

Della Works came from Casper. "I’ve only missed one of nine Senior Games," she said. "The time I missed, I had to take my grandson to Torino in 2006. Btw, I carried the torch in Salt Lake City in 2002." I overheard Della and Cork Kelly discover they were both age 82 and each had 4 grandchildren.

John Houser was waxing his Nordic skis with red wax and Jamie Anderson came over and exclaimed that she was using violet wax on her skis. I had seen her stick a temperature probe in a snowbank earlier, so I knew she was tuning her skis technically.

JJ Huntley commented that the icy wind must be blowing thru my levis, and then she launched into a story about a guy who took a load of NOLS (National Outdoor Leadership School) kids into the wintery woods for three weeks. One kid showed up in Levis and the instructor told him he had to get warmer pants. Well, part way into a snowy bus ride the instructor noticed the kid wearing the Levis. He stopped the bus, made the kid take off his pants and the instructor threw them up into a pine tree. They picked them back out of the tree at the end of the three weeks.

Over at the PAC (Pinedale Aquatic Center) pool, young Tyce Walker was lowering a clipboard on a rope out a window down to poolside. Poolside scorers would then clip on time sheets instead of running up three flights of stairs to give them to Tyce’s mom Kirby, to record in the computer.

I was curious what kind of hurdles some of the athletes had to get over in order to participate. Doc Foster age 58, said he had his knee replaced in October. Ollie Skinner age 77, had his spine fused. Jack Hegardt age 82, who is still employed as a stone mason, told me he had carotid artery surgery recently. Cork Kelly was wearing a pink bathing cap in honor of women who have gotten cancer. I only asked four people. I bet this list would be a lot longer if I had asked others. I do happen to know some near death stories, but I don't have permission to share them.

I decided I didn't have much of an excuse for slacking of any kind and started going over the list to see if I might be able to survive snowshoe or walking next year.

Finally, please remember to thank the volunteers that made this event possible. I know it means the world when someone takes the time to appreciate their efforts. I know it's very nice to be surprised by a gift of a burger or a beer when you haven't had time to catch your breath for two days.

All the results aren't ready yet, but Amber Robbins tells me they will be posted as soon as they get them done.
www.wyseniorolympics.com Wyoming Senior Olympics

A big thanks to Dawn Ballou of Pinedale Online for sponsoring this photo story.
You may all share these online photos among yourselves for personal use. I do sell high resolution images if you want them.
Terry Allen: txpartisan@gmail.com

Click on this link for more pictures from the games: Wyoming Senior Winter Games 2018


WYG&F conducts aerial deer herd surveys (posted 2/8/18)
Wyoming Game & Fish
The Wyoming Game and Fish Department will be conducting extensive aerial surveys over the next couple of weeks to get a more accurate count on the number of mule deer in the Wyoming Range Mule Deer Herd. The surveys will involve two helicopters flying over the foothills and deer winter ranges on the east side of the Wyoming Range, winter range complexes north and southwest of Kemmerer, and west side of the Salt River Range in Star Valley. Residents in rural communities may see personnel conducting these helicopter flights in quick "fly-overs" as mule deer are counted. Of course, every precaution will be taken to avoid disturbance to people and livestock.

Mule deer populations have been in decline across western North America and the Wyoming Game and Fish Department is committed to doing all they can to reverse the downward trend. As part of the statewide Wyoming Mule Deer Initiative, the Game and Fish identified certain mule deer herds to focus on, including the Wyoming Range Mule Deer Herd.

Helicopter surveys are commonly used to estimate population size and composition of big game herds, like mule deer, elk and moose. Helicopters allow biologists to count animals in areas where roads are sparse and to survey large areas more efficiently and accurately. This mule deer sightability survey is a more comprehensive survey that determines the number of mule deer surveyors may be missing from the air due to cover and deer behavior and ultimately provides a more accurate estimate of how many deer there are.

This sightability survey is a scientifically accepted method that has been used for many years throughout the United States and Canada. The data from the survey gives wildlife managers an "anchor" for future population models and allows wildlife managers to better track trends in the herds. Sightability surveys are costly and time consuming, but the WGFD is committed to obtaining the most accurate data to guide future management decisions.

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