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      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

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