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Snow ignores Seattle, but mountain snowpack doing OK

Snow ignores Seattle, but mountain snowpack doing OK
Web camera shot courtesy of Stevens Pass Ski Resort, taken on March 15, 2013.

Snow fans are well aware that it's been a pretty bummer of a winter in the lowlands, but there is some good news from the mountains...

Even though the snow has treated Seattle like it had the plague (just 0.6" for the winter) it did manage to find the mountains with enough regularity that our snowpack is in good shape.

Numbers released Friday show the snowpack around 80-100 percent of normal with Mt. Baker's 174-inch snow depth leading the way at 105 percent of normal. Snoqualmie is at 80 percent and Crystal Mountain is at 90 percent -- a far cry from 2005 when Snoqualmie Pass was blank and Mt. Baker just had 15 inches.

These numbers might even improve a little bit more soon as forecasts are favorable for more mountain snow into the second half of March.

Here is the report:

CLIMATOLOGICAL SNOWDEPTH INFORMATION
NORTHWEST WEATHER AND AVALANCHE CENTER SEATTLE WASHINGTON
DAY  15  MONTH  3  YEAR  2013

 

DATA IN INCHES, -99 DENOTES MISSING DATA

            CURRENT  CLIMATE  PER CENT   LAST  THRU 2012  THRU 2012
            DEPTH    AVERAGE  OF NORMAL  YEAR  MAX/YEAR   MIN/YEAR

HURRICANE   103      105       98        136   252/1999     8/2005
MT BAKER    174      165      105        254   305/1999    15/2005
STEVENS      91      103       88        139   200/1956    18/2005
SNOQUALMIE   74       92       80        135   195/1956     0/2005
STAMPEDE     73      101       72        114   216/1964     0/2005
MISSION      36       47       77         54    83/1999     7/2005
CRYSTAL      63       70       90        108   136/1999     9/1981
PARADISE    162      170       95        202   357/1956    34/2005
WHITE PASS   48       58       83         88   132/1997     0/2005
TIMBERLINE  139      150       93        177   258/1999    34/1981
MEADOWS     100      127       79        148   288/1974    24/2005

THIS TABLE PRODUCED ON THE 1ST AND 15TH BETWEEN 15 NOVEMBER AND 1 MAY.

AVERAGES, MAXIMUMS AND MINIMUMS EARLY AND LATE IN THE SEASON MAY BE
INACCURATE DUE TO LIMITED DATA.

IF THERE IS TIE FOR THE MAXIMUM OR MINIMUM SNOW DEPTH THEN THE LATEST
YEAR IS INDICATED.

RECORDS BEGIN: HURRICANE 1979, MT BAKER 1926, STEVENS 1939,
SNOQUALMIE 1929, STAMPEDE 1943, MISSION RIDGE 1970,
CRYSTAL 1967, PARADISE 1926, WHITE PASS 1976,
TIMBERLINE 1973, MT HOOD MEADOWS 1974.

NOTE: NRCS DATA USED AT STAMPEDE STARTING 2006-2007 SEASON