Sunday, February 8, 2009

Where is the Snow

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Issued Sunday 2-8-09 8 am, Extended Forecast

The forecast above is for Wednesday 2-11-09 and shows an upper level low off the Oregon Coast and then dives towards the south. This pattern keeps in place till February 21, so the Northwest will have below average temperatures and below average rainfall-snowfall. We will still get some rainfall-snowfall but it will tend to be on the light side. Where is the snow? The Sierra in California and Utah are the winners with this pattern. The data for the snowpack chart is taken from; Data from United States Natural Resources Conservation Service, Division of the USDA

Snowpack as Percent of Normal for Washington 2-8-09

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