It is snowing a ton in the Cascades and we are preparing for another set of snow surveys at our ForEST network sites. While it may seem like the snowpack is above normal, in fact we are at normal level for snow water equivalent (and slightly above normal for total precipitation). It seems like an unusually snowy winter simply because the past two years have been so dismal.
Here’s a plot from the McKenzie NRCS SNOTEL site:
The dark blue line is this year’s snow water equivalent and the light blue line is the historical average snow water equivalent for that site.
It’s still snowing (raining in Corvallis) so let’s hope for continued increases in the Cascades snowpack.