Banking on snow

The snowline on the Olympic Mountains has crept lower lately. Usually this is transient and the lower reaches — down to about 2,000 feet (roughly 610 meters) — don’t stay blanketed for long. But the upper mountains are building up a substantial snowpack. For this time of year it’s the highest in any of Washington state’s mountains. Based on water content in the snowpack, the Olympics are at 268% of normal, a great running start for providing summer and fall water for fisheries, recreation, and local municipalities.

8 thoughts on “Banking on snow”

  1. It’s nice to hear this, or any good news these days. I was reading just recently as to how the Alps no longer get enough snow low enough to allow for much of the usual winter activities. And, because of global warming, it’s getting worse every year. This is a lovely photo, Kay!

  2. The Olympic Mountains are pretty impressive looking. Glad the area has a nice water level even before winter really starts. I remember all the problems southern Oregon had with their lack of water. We are supposed to get some snow this weekend, not much though. We usually don’t get any and by the end of the week, the forecast will probably change.

  3. That’s a pretty spectacular sight Kay! 268% of normal doesn’t sound good.. or is it? I don’t understand snow, I can tell you all about 40C though 😀

    1. Grace, 268% is very good. As it melts through drier months it provides needed water supplies and more snow means more water.

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