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      Good news, bad news for skiers and water supply

      Web camera at Paradise Ranger Station (Photo courtesy: U.S. National Parks)

      The rainy week that culminated in the big wind/rain storm on Saturday was just what the doctor ordered for the mountains, who have been well below normal on their winter snowfall quotas.

      New data released Wednesday shows the mountain snowpack is roughly 45-65 percent of normal, a vast improvement from 25-50 percent most areas were sitting on Jan. 1. It was even enough to finally get skiing going again at Snoqualmie.

      However, we are just about to head into another extended dry streak where no more mountain snow is expected for a least the next week, perhaps even two weeks. We'll have to cross our fingers for another rebound in February!

      Here is the data from January 15 (top) and then to compare where we were on January 1 (bottom):

      JANUARY 15 DATA

      CLIMATOLOGICAL SNOWDEPTH INFORMATION
      NORTHWEST WEATHER AND AVALANCHE CENTER SEATTLE WASHINGTON
      DAY 15 MONTH 1 YEAR 2014

      DATA IN INCHES, -99 DENOTES MISSING DATA

      CURRENT CLIMATE PER CENT LAST THRU 2013 THRU 2013
      DEPTH AVERAGE OF NORMAL YEAR MAX/YEAR MIN/YEAR

      HURRICANE 28 70 40 93 118/2007 10/1981
      MT BAKER 86 109 79 139 180/1971 15/1981
      STEVENS 52 74 70 80 146/1969 6/1981
      SNOQUALMIE 28 65 43 66 123/1969 0/1981
      STAMPEDE 27 70 39 56 179/1972 0/1981
      MISSION 20 36 56 40 63/1995 12/1981
      CRYSTAL 28 50 56 62 91/1971 3/1981
      PARADISE 98 111 88 123 216/1969 31/1981
      WHITE PASS 30 45 67 45 80/2000 0/1981
      TIMBERLINE 66 102 65 105 170/1975 10/1981
      MEADOWS 51 87 59 88 144/1989 0/1981

      JANUARY 1 DATA

      CURRENT CLIMATE PER CENT LAST THRU 2013 THRU 2013
      DEPTH AVERAGE OF NORMAL YEAR MAX/YEAR MIN/YEAR

      HURRICANE 13 59 22 97 97/2013 11/1981
      MT BAKER 51 89 57 130 190/1949 1/1928
      STEVENS 32 62 52 73 117/1956 10/1981
      SNOQUALMIE 14 53 26 65 136/1949 0/1981
      STAMPEDE 10 58 17 54 132/1949 0/1981
      MISSION 12 31 39 38 56/1997 6/1976
      CRYSTAL 11 43 26 67 72/2007 5/1981
      PARADISE 54 92 59 126 163/1969 20/1977
      WHITE PASS 2 37 5 49 84/1997 4/1990
      TIMBERLINE 29 81 36 110 173/1985 8/1977
      MEADOWS 24 72 33 96 145/1985 6/1981

      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.
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