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April was cold, wet and cloudy...but specialists at the USDA say there was a silver lining there. The cold wet weather slowed the early snowmelt that started in March and left some locations - especially in south west Montana - headed for a very dry summer. Last month's precipitation was helpful says NRCS hydrologist, Erik Larsen, and NW Montana stream flows will be at or near normal but rivers from the Yellowstone basin to the Milk river are only expected to be at 40%-55% of normal." Larsen, says instead of May flowers, he'd like to see more showers...

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