Small rainstorm hits Lander; strange smell lingers; upcoming forecast

By Joshua Scheer, reporter,

(Lander, Wyo.) – A small rainstorm swept through parts of Fremont County Sunday evening.

The National Weather Service Office in Riverton reports .09 in. fell at Hunt Field Airport in Lander yesterday.

According to reports to the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network, which  compiles reports from participating individuals,  precipitation around Lander ranged from .02 to .07 in.

NWS reports that Riverton Regional Airport received .01 in. An unofficial report to NWS from Hudson showed .02 in. fell there.

A collaborative network participant in Dubois reported rainfall totaling .03 in.

Some Lander residents have reported smelling a strange scent in the air the last couple days besides the smoke coming from the Alpine Lake fire. Some compared the smell to a sewage.

“I know we’ve had this before,” city public works director Mickey Simmons said on Monday of the smell.

He said in the past his crews have investigated but been unable to find the stench’s source. Simmons said no work has been done find the source yet this time.

“It kind of comes and goes,” he said.

Simmons said sometimes when wind shifts, the smell from the city’s waste water lagoons on the northeast side of town can waft through the streets.

Forecasts from NWS:

In Lander, Monday was expected to reach a 74-degree high followed by a low of 49 in the evening. Chance of precipitation was 40 percent, increasing to 50 percent in the evening. For the rest of the week, high were expected in the upper 60s to low 70s, and lows will be around 50. There is a 50 percent chance of rain Tuesday and 20 percent on Wednesday.

Riverton is expected to reach 77 on Monday with a 20 percent chance of precipitation, followed by a low of about 46. Highs will range in the mid-70s, with slight chances of rain on Tuesday and Wednesday. Lows will remain in the mid-40s.

Dubois has a 60 percent chance of rain Monday afternoon with a projected high of 63. The temperature will drop to 38 overnight with a 50 percent chance of precipitation. Rain possibilities will slowly decline through Wednesday. Highs will be in the mid-60s, except for Tuesday’s projected high of 59. Lows will be in the upper 30s.