weather and climate Here's Why It Will Be A Bad Year For The Northwest (Or Maybe Not) By Max Bartlett • Apr 15, 2015 louelke / Flickr It was a warm winter in the Northwest this year. It certainly rained, and it was plenty gray, but there wasn’t much snow. And that means low snowpack. The Washington Department of Ecology says Washington snowpack is at 21 percent of normal levels. Northwest's High Mountain Passes Set To Open Early By Anna King • Mar 17, 2015 Listen Listening... / Several high mountain passes in the Northwest are set to have historically-early openings this year due to low snowpack. Unseasonable Warmth Waking Black Bears Up Early By Tom Banse • Mar 12, 2015 Listen Listening... / The daffodils and tulips are up and so are hungry black bears. Our unseasonably mild winter is bringing black bears out of hibernation earlier than usual. Several Groups To Study Eastern Washington's Milky Rain Mystery By Anna King • Feb 10, 2015 Listen Listening... / Last week a dusty rain coated cars and windows across eastern Washington, Oregon and north Idaho. National Scientists, Weather Service Dig Into Mystery Of Milky Rain By Anna King • Feb 9, 2015 Listen Listening... / Last Friday much of eastern Washington and Oregon was pelted with a dirty rain, but so far scientists do not agree on a cause.