RENO, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) – Outdoor enthusiasts may be disappointed with the lack of snowpack thus far this winter, but they aren't alone. Wildlife experts are practicing their snow dances, because with little winter weather means more persistent dryness for the Great Basin which will impact Northern Nevada wildlife.
Chris Healy with the Nevada Department of Wildlife says when the habitat is in bad condition it directly effects wildlife from fish to birds to big game.
"We are very concerned about this pattern," Healy says.
And it's not looking good so far. December was an extremely dry month and with no storms in the forecast, it appears January is going to chalk up very dry as well.
Making the potential of yet another drought more and more of an reality.
"It takes a couple to three years of good water receipts to really get range land in good condition so we can have good, healthy wildlife populations," Healy says.
According to the National Weather Service in Reno in the month of December the Lake Tahoe Basin's average precip. level was at 29%, the Carson River Basin 25%, and the Truckee River Basin was at 26%.
Very low percentages and doesn't take an expert fisherman to put two and two together on this one.
Healy says the drought will decrease the amount of fish in our rivers and could have a longer effect on aquatic life.
NWS Reno also says the calendar year of 2013 was one of the driest winters on record in the last 120 years.