Another Sign That Our Snowpack Isn’t Disappearing

You may remember I posted back in early July a graph showing that the snowpack at one location (on Mt. Hood) has definitely not shown a tendency to melt any earlier.  At least in the past 30+ years.

Today Cliff Mass up at the UW pointed out in his blog that Mt. Rainier melt out day has arrived at the Paradise measuring station.  Then Mark Albright, former state climatologist, and a friend from my days up there, sent me this graph:

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It shows the average melt out date for 221 sites in the entire Pacific Northwest.  Same pattern here, no sign of an earlier melt out in the Cascades we would expect in a warming climate.  Interesting eh?  Cliff has some thoughts on why that might be on his blog.

Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen

9 Responses to Another Sign That Our Snowpack Isn’t Disappearing

  1. Tyler Mode says:

    Sunset last night:

    • Garron near Washington Square says:

      Absolutely amazing photos!!!! Totally feel like the Honey Smacks frog….DIG ‘EM!

  2. marinersfan85 says:

    Cities in Texas not reaching 70 degrees in the middle of July. Mountains not melting out when they’re supposed to. This Global Warming thing is getting out of control!

  3. Mike (Orchards 255') says:

    Nice overnight rain total..0.44″ Feels great out.

  4. jpmoore says:

    It would be interesting to see how the melt out dates correlate with the Pacific Decadal Oscillation.

  5. Garron near Washington Square says:

    Great article, and glad Mark Nelsen got some much deserved recognition for your research!….Oh amazingly 1st! Thanks to some neighbors waking me up doing fireworks at 1 in the morning….

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