Despite the dry conditions, some permanent basins remain in favourable condition due to last spring's flood events. Temporary wetlands, however, are more vulnerable to seasonal fluctuations and are showing the negative effects of the prolonged dry spell. Increased snowpack and spring precipitation will be required for these ponds to function as spring pair ponds.
Temperatures were unseasonably warm in December and January. December saw average temperatures of >5 C above normal, and January temperatures were similar. Warmer temperatures are proving positive for winter wheat growers. However, if cold temperatures return and dry conditions persist, their crops may be at risk of freezing due to the lack of an insulating snowpack.