Saturday, April 6, 2013

Good news!

Washington snowpack 112 percent, best in West | Local News | The Seattle Times
Rather than try to explain that, I'll quote:
"The `so what' on this story is that 70 to 80 percent of surface water in the Pacific Northwest comes from mountain snowmelt," Pattee said.
The snowpack measurement tells utility managers how much power they can expect hydroelectric dams to generate, tells farmers how much irrigation water they can expect to pour on crops, tells fisheries managers whether migrating salmon will have sufficient stream flows. Snowpack information also is used in avalanche forecasts and by river-rafters planning their season.

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