The army Corps of Engineers says 2015 was about as close to normal a year in the Missouri River basin – at least in terms of runoff.
But how that runoff happened was anything but normal.
"It was very dry in the early months of the year," said the Corps' Jody Farhat. "We had low plains and mountain snowpack. But then we had good rains that built up the storage in the reservoirs, and it ended up to be an average year, with good service to all authorized purposes."