Stories tagged: snowpack
UPDATED: Fri., March 31, 2017, 5:09 p.m.
California’s robust mountain snowpack boosts flood concerns
As big snowflakes fell high in California’s Sierra Nevada this week, surveyors on snowshoes measured the deepest springtime snowpack in years and said it boosted concerns about destructive floods when …
Tue., March 7, 2017, 11:58 a.m.
After hard winter, Oregon snowpack rebounds
The average statewide snowpack for Oregon is well above normal for March after a harsh winter that featured heavy snow across much of the state. However, hydrologists warn that an …
UPDATED: Mon., March 6, 2017, 8:29 p.m.
Washington water forecast dramatically improves in February
A very wet February has dramatically improved the water supply forecast for Washington state.
UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 9, 2017, 11:15 a.m.
Big Idaho snowpack has water managers pleased and worried
Idaho has so much snow that water is already being released from some reservoirs for flood control and Idaho Power has halted most of its cloud-seeding operations. Water managers and …
Wed., Jan. 11, 2017, 9:10 a.m.
Idaho’s mountain snowpack, water supply off to good start
A new federal report shows snowpack levels and water supply projections are above average in the mountains of eastern Idaho and across much of the state.
Tue., Dec. 20, 2016, 1:44 p.m.
Monitors say early Oregon snowpack levels are strong
Monitors say Oregon snowpack levels are promising for the early part of the season.
Mon., Oct. 31, 2016, 2:57 p.m.
Study blames low 2015 Western U.S. snowpack on high temperatures
Scientists looked at snow-measurement sites in California, Oregon, Washington, western Nevada and western Idaho. They found that in 2015, more than 80 percent of those sites experienced record low snowpack …
Sat., Sept. 3, 2016, 9:26 p.m.
After two bad wildfire years, this season ‘normal’ in Northwest
After two consecutive years in which wildfires set acreage records in Washington, this fire season has been light. In fact, wildfires have been smaller and less destructive in Washington, Oregon …
Tue., May 10, 2016, 10:52 a.m.
Idaho stream flows peak after record snowpack melt
Stream flows are peaking early after a record amount of Idaho’s snowpack melted in April. Hydrologist Phil Morrisey said warm temperatures and dry weather are responsible for melting the snowpack.
Tue., May 10, 2016, 10:16 a.m.
Montana snowstorm cuts power to tens of thousands
A spring storm swept through Montana, dumping up to 20 inches of snow in the mountains and knocking out power to tens of thousands of people across the state, officials …
Mon., April 11, 2016, 7:02 p.m.
Rising nighttime temperatures melting snowpack earlier in the year
About 14 percent of the Spokane River basin’s snowpack has melted away over the past couple of weeks. The rapid melt-off was caused by nighttime mountain temperatures that were 10 …
Thu., Feb. 4, 2016, 1:52 p.m.
Mid-winter snowpack is near normal for the region, surveys indicate
The region’s mid-winter snow pack is near normal. If the snowpack continues to grow through April 1, the Northwest will return to normal water conditions this summer.
Sun., Dec. 27, 2015, 6:28 p.m.
Dry, cold weather expected this week
After a chance of light snow on Tuesday morning, the weather is going to become cold and dry going into the new year.
Thu., May 14, 2015
Inland Northwest weather likely to remain drier than normal
The drought in California continues to go from bad to worse. The state’s governor, Jerry Brown, has ordered that up to 50 million square feet of lawns be ripped up …
Sat., May 2, 2015
Low snowpack presents picture, problems for Spokane area
Climate scientists are eager to study our unusual winter. By 2050, it could be the Northwest’s new normal. Average amounts of moisture fell over most of Washington, Idaho and Oregon …
Sat., April 18, 2015
Worsening drought prompts emergency declaration from Inslee
OLYMPIA – Nearly half of Washington is expected to face hardships due to worsening drought and snowpack conditions, and state officials say they are on the lookout for problems across …
Sat., March 14, 2015
Mild winter yields low snowpack, water reserves
OLYMPIA – There’s a big downside to the relatively mild winter with more rain than snow that most of Washington experienced, and it’s not for skiers and snowboarders. Parts of …
Thu., March 12, 2015, 10:04 a.m.
Snowpack suffering from warmer temperatures
Virtually no measureable snow accumulated in the mountains of Washington and Idaho last month, except for a light dusting in a few areas above 4,000 feet.
Thu., Feb. 26, 2015
Avista’s 2014 earnings up 73 percent
Last year was a busy one for Avista Corp. The Spokane-based utility celebrated its 125th anniversary, bought an electric utility in Alaska and sold off a subsidiary.
Thu., Dec. 5, 2013
Climate change affects Northwest snowpack, study says
Last weekend’s doozy of a storm followed a classic Northwest weather script. Winds gusting to 40 mph blew moisture-rich air from the ocean into the Cascades and Northern Rockies, dumping …
Sat., April 21, 2012
Frigid waters pose springtime risk
Water in area rivers and lakes may look tempting during warmer weather forecast for the weekend, but experts say rivers and lakes remain deadly cold. Air temperatures will soar into …
Fri., April 13, 2012, 8:24 a.m.
Idaho water supply strong heading to summer
Some record-setting weather in March has put Idaho’s snowpack — and ultimately its rivers, reservoirs and aquifers — in great shape heading into summer growing and recreation season, according to …
Sun., March 21, 2010
Low snowpack levels have officials making drought plans
As cross-country skiers whizzed along crusty trails of hardened snow at Mt. Spokane Ski and Snowboard Park last week, Scott Pattee taught a boisterous group of grade-schoolers how to measure …
Tue., March 9, 2010
Statewide snowpack 70 percent of average
Warmer than normal temperatures are melting Washington’s mediocre snowpack – and with it, almost all hope for average stream flows this summer.
Wed., Jan. 13, 2010
Region’s snowpack lackluster
El Niño isn’t doing much for the Pacific Northwest’s mountain snowpack. Snow accumulations that broke records in parts of Washington during November are melting under an onslaught of mild January …
Tue., Jan. 13, 2009, 2:03 p.m.
Lots of snow, but just average Wash. snowpack
You might think that the record-breaking snowfall so far this winter in Washington state would ensure there will be plenty of water to avoid drought when it melts this spring …
Thu., Jan. 1, 2009, noon
Extreme avalanche danger to persist
Heavy, wet snow piled on top of light, crystallized flakes has created high avalanche danger, regional avalanche experts say. And the threat will likely grow with more snow expected in …