Olympic Mountain snowpack melting fast – PDN


This is a good early warning that we might be in for a very dry summer. Forest fires and a possible drinking water problem could be easy outcomes of this. Stay tuned and we will too.
Olympic Mountain snowpack melting fast

Olympic Mountain snowpack has slipped well below normal and will melt rapidly as temperatures climb this week, a water supply specialist said. Snowpack was 72 percent of normal Tuesday as measured at two snow telemetry sites operated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service. Normal is defined as the median snowpack from 1981 to 2010. A more comprehensive monthly snowpack measurement revealed a 61 percent snowpack in the Olympics on May 1, said Scott Pattee, a water supply specialist with the Natural Resources Conservation Service in Mount Vernon. Rob Ollikainen reports. (Peninsula Daily News)

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