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Last winter's above average snowpack means many rivers are still too high to wade. Here, we're using a bridge crane to hang our equipment over the bridge and measure streamflow in Rock Creek at the Red Lodge streamgage.
Sampling the Yellowstone River near Sidney, MT. This is the longest cableway in Montana. It is very fun to ride downhill to the mid point, but it is A LOT of work to get back up to the shed!
Using boat and DGPS to map out area inundated by flooding on the Flathead River. #highwater #satellitesworkingforus
Had to pull out the rarely used 8 ft wading rod to measure Flint Cr Maxville. Record setting measurement of 1,120cfs. (Previous highest 730cfs). About 20% of total flow was through willows along far bank.
Too muddy to use the truck to get to the Willow Creek near Boyd, MT streamgage where we measured about 4 times as much flow as average for today's date. All the rain has sure made the landscape pop to green. #atv
Water's high in the Yellowstone River. Out measuring streamflow today in Livingston where flow was 18,300 cubic feet per second (cfs). Average for today's date is 5,390 cfs. For reference a cubic foot=volume of 1 basketball. That's a lot of basketballs moving by every second!
50 years of glacier data tells us that warming is causing considerable change to glaciers and mountain landscapes in Montana. #usgs  #climatechange #glaciers #mountains
Here's to @USGS women scientists and technicians out there every day collecting data for us all. #internationalwomensday #stem
We have a bit of work to do before we can begin our work! #snowdays do not mean office days when your job is to study the snowpack and avalanches, so we have to travel to our sites. #startdigging
Measuring streamflow on Clarks Fork of Yellowstone River near Belfry. We can almost always find a bit of open water downstream of a riffle. In background: Beartooth Mtns #fieldphotofriday #winterwork
Hauling equipment to measure streamflow on the Middle Fork Flathead River. Old school #snowshoes (while wearing waders) getting the job done. #fieldphotofriday #winterwork
Streamgaging the Lamar River is beautiful, but a lot of work (and cold: -17 deg). #breakingtrail #yellowstonenationalpark