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NWS still unclear on state drought relief


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AS OF NOW: This map shows drought levels and indicates most of Washington State is without problems, though that could still change.

Following the snow drought and record heat wave of 2015, forecasters in Washington State are a little wary of the prospect of a warm and dry El Niño weather pattern heading into winter 2016.

October started off wet but warm, a trend mostly duplicated in November. A teaser of snow in the high country promised limited skiing opportunities for the Thanksgiving holiday. December opened wet and worrisome but went out in a blaze of white and a streak of snow bunny suits gliding down perfectly groomed ski runs, and also to closed passes which undoubtedly ruined someone's holiday plans. Consequently, a new snowfall record was set for December on Snoqualmie pass.

Unfortunately, reality is setti...

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