high snowpack

The benefits of an above-average snowpack measured in most locations statewide earlier this year have yet to be fully realized due to extreme heat and little precipitation.

April is the traditional start of the whitewater rafting season. The hefty snowpack in the mountains this year is good news for commercial rafting companies and recreational enthusiasts across the West.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

The Northwest saw above-normal snowpack this winter. This is welcome news after last year’s droughts and record-low snowpack. But does it mean that the summer fire season will be less severe than 2015?