For beef producers in the western and central High Plains, the skies finally opened up and rain and snow came.
After a very mild and drier than normal March, rangeland conditions across Wyoming, Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas were beginning to deteriorate.
April was starting off drier and warmer than normal in the above mentioned areas, however, in the past week, many areas saw more precipitation in one week than they received during the first three months of the year.
A strong and slow moving storm system brought wet, heavy spring snows to many areas above 6000 feet across Wyoming and Colorado last week while mostly rain and thunderstorm across the lower elevations.
Badly needed rains came to beef and wheat country in Colorado, Wyoming, Kansas, Nebraska, Texas and Oklahoma. Rainfall amounts were between 1 to 3.5 inches on the plains with some mountain areas receiving as much as 4 inches of liquid within the heavy, wet snows.
The graphic above shows total precipitation over the past two weeks (ending this past Sunday).
While big relief came to Colorado, Kansas, Wyoming, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas there was some moderate rainfall and Sierra snows in central and northern California.
The northern plains of North and South Dakota and portions of Montana and Minnesota were left out of the wet weather.