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Washington snowpack melting earlier than usual


Washington State snowpack is melting earlier than usual, according to data from the fourth 2015 forecast by the United States Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).

“Seventy-four percent of our long-term monitoring sites have set new record low snowpack,” NRCS Water Supply Specialist Scott Pattee said. “March was warm and dry in most of the West; as a result, snow is melting earlier than usual.” 

Historically, April 1 is the peak snowpack. This year, the peak came earlier. The April 1 statewide SNOTEL readings were 22 percent of normal shattering the previous record low of thirty-three set in 2005.

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