Higher elevations of Olympics listed as being in ‘moderate drought’

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The Olympics in February 2015.

PORT ANGELES, Wash. — The U.S. Drought Monitor has listed the higher elevations of the Olympic Mountains to be in the “moderate drought” stage and the lower elevations as “abnormally dry.”

The Peninsula Daily News first reported the monitor’s conditions for the Olympics.

In addition, much of central Washington is already listed by the monitor as being in moderate drought or abnormally dry — which could lead to a bad forest fire season.

A new drought report for the state is expected to available Thursday here.

NOAA provided these numbers for current snowpack Tuesday night: % of normal

5% at White Pass

12% at Hurricane Ridge (Olympics)

15% at Mount Baker

33% at Stevens Pass

Under 50% at Mount Rainier.

The El Nino weather effect brings Washington state drier-than-normal snowpack every four to seven years.


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1 Comment

  • Laura

    ah, the el nino advisory only went into effect 10 days ago and so far they are predicting it to be weak. So, I think it is safe to say that el nino is not the cause of our record heat and snow lows. Can we think of a reason why our weather is changing? Heck, I’ll give you three guesses. :)

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