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Current snowpack at Paradise Ranger Station among best in last 31 years

Current snowpack at Paradise Ranger Station among best in last 31 years
About 135" of snow sit at Paradise Ranger Station along Mt. Rainier on June 1, 2014 (Photo: National Parks Services Web Camera)

And to think in January, we were worried our mountains were going to go bare..

With the massive rally in February and a continued occasionally chilly pattern, the snowpack up at Mt. Rainier's Paradise Ranger Station is not only healthy, but among the best in the past few decades.

According to University of Washington research meteorologist Mark Albright, there is 83.20 inches of water equivalent snow at Paradise (An actual snow depth of 135 inches, but if you were to melt it all out, it would produce 83.20 inches of water -- known as "Snow Water Equivalent or 'SWE.' ")

Albright says that is the 6th highest June 1st total in the past 31 years and continues a now-seven-year streak of having an SWE above the median on June 1.


Let's hope that trend continues but with a potential moderate to strong El Nino forecast for this upcoming winter, it would be quite the challenge as El Nino years typically feature lowe than average snowpacks.

Past 31 years of SWE:

Here is the chart of SWE's at Paradise Ranger Station on June 1, courtesy of Albright:

1999  106.70
1997  104.20
2011   99.50
2008   90.70
2002   84.60
2014   83.20
2013   79.00
1991   78.20
2000   78.10
2009   76.80
2012   75.80
1990   70.90
1989   70.70
1984   65.90
2010   65.80
1996   63.60
2006   63.10
1985   62.90
1995   61.70
1998   60.80
2007   57.40
1988   56.10
2004   55.20
2003   51.60
1986   50.90
1994   43.60
2001   41.50
1993   39.40
1987   24.00
1992   18.00
2005    5.50