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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

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