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By Andrew Christiansen
Reporter 

Snowpack levels lead to concerns about water

 

Andrew Christiansen

No Snow Cone: In regional folklore, the Simcoes are said to portend the East gets pummeled by winter, this area is left largely untouched. Righe start of seeding in the Klickitat Valley once winter snow is finally off the summit. That prophetic ability requires there to actually be snow in the mountains to melt before spring-but that's just not the case so far this year, as seen in the recent photo of the top of the mountains.

If you were to go by the saying "don't plant your garden until the snow is out of the Simcoes," you probably already have it planted.

Of course, there hasn't been snow in the Simcoes for some time this winter. The Natural Resources Conservation Service, in partnership with the Central Klickitat Conservation District, maintains an automated weather station west of Satus Pass at the 5,300 foot mark. It is called the Indian Rock Snotel site. It hasn't had as much as 12-inches of snow since Jan. 24 and is currently at .2 inches and has been that way since Feb.10.

The Indian Rock Snotel site was installed in the fall of 2008, so it doesn't have a long record of snowpack. However, this is the f...



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