– “Warm spring melting Washington’s snowpack while contributing to other problems”
* State saw record snowpack melting through a warm April and May
* West Side wildfire season off to an early start
* La Niña might bring a wet, cooler period by midautumn
” …officials will be grappling with the effects of the snowpack that dissipated rapidly from April 1 measurements of 110 percent or more of several historical norms. By mid-May, it had fallen to below 50 percent of normal in many of the same places.
“A report released in November by the University of Washington’s Climate Impacts Group suggests that increasing feast-or-famine weather conditions — more intense precipitation, spaced further apart — are to be expected as Washington’s inheritance from global climate change,” by Derrick Nunnally, Tacoma News Tribune.
– “South Sound could hit 90-plus degrees by Sunday”
* Average high temperature for June 4 and 5 is about 68 degrees
* Olympia expected to break record Sunday (93 set in 1978)
By Kenny Ocker, Tacoma News Tribune.
– “Special Weather Statement: Southwest Interior for Southwest Interior, WA”