“Snowpack in the mountains near Leavenworth, Washington, on April 8, 2015.”
Photo credit: KING 5-TV News
– “Warm weather bad sign for state’s snowpack”
“After a record low snowpack from the winter of 2014 – 2015, things were looking up for the 2015 – 2016 winter as snow made a strong return. But now the big concern: can we hang onto it?
The Natural Resource Conservation Service, part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced on May 6, that low rain and snowfall fall in April combined with record warm temperatures for the month led to a record melt off.
May’s 2016 Washington Water Supply Outlook said, ‘Over 80 percent of all SNOTEL sites with at least 15 years of data set all new melt rate records for April and the rest came in 2nd.’
A SNOTEL is an automated weather station designed to measure snowpack, mostly at remote locations,” quoting Glenn Farley, KING 5-TV News.