snowpack

Snowpack
5:10 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

BPA Not Worried About Low Snowpack

The Northwest’s record-low snowfall has delivered a frustrating ski season this winter.
Credit Panda Poles / Flickr

The Northwest’s record-low snowfall has delivered a frustrating ski season this winter. And when summertime comes, the thin snowpack could make for low stream levels and tinder-dry forests.

But people who manage the Northwest’s biggest dams say they’re not worried.

"We’re doing just fine at the moment," Mike Hanson said.

Hanson is a spokesman for Bonneville Power Administration. It operates 31 federal dams on the Columbia and Snake Rivers, and provides about one-third of the electricity for the Northwest.

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Snowpack
5:21 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

Low Snowfall This Winter Offers A Preview Of Warmer Climate To Come

A stream near Mt. Rainier.
Credit Kevin Noone/Wiki Commons

A lack of snow in the Cascades this winter has forced Northwest ski teams to cancel their scheduled races – or move them to higher slopes. It's also generating concerns about climate change. 

So far, snowfall is about 70 percent below average. But it's not a lack of precipitation that's left mountain slopes so bare.  It's warm weather generating rain instead snow.

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Northwest Ski Resorts
10:03 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Extended Season For Some Northwest Ski Areas, But Profits Scarce

Many Northwest mountain resorts could operate longer if skier interest were there.
Tom Banse

There will be end-of-season parties at at least nine Northwest ski resorts this weekend. But some other Cascade ski areas will welcome skiers and snowboarders well past Easter. That's thanks to late-season snow that fell at many area resorts. Timing means everything for the bottom line of these resort companies.

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Northwest Snowpack
4:43 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Washington Snowpack Rebuilding Toward Normal

Credit mikelehen / Flickr

On a clear day in Seattle, Nick Bond can size up the mountain snowpack on his bike ride to work. But as Washington state’s climatologist, he crunches the data for a more precise picture.

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Climate Change
4:43 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

What 3.6 Degrees Means For Snowpack In The Western Cascades

Climate change will reduce snowpack that feeds the McKenzie River in the summer by 56 percent.
Credit Chris / Wikimedia Commons

Rising temperatures will reduce the peak snowpack in the Cascades slopes east of Eugene by more than 50 percent. That’s according to a climate study Oregon State University researchers published today.

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