It looks like the Olympic mountain snowpack is low. Are there any statistics to support that impression?

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by Jeff Renner

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Posted on July 16, 2013 at 6:07 PM

It looks like the Olympic mountain snowpack is low. Are there any statistics to support that impression?

As of early May, snowpack was close to average or actually slightly above. But it's been very dry and unseasonably warm for the past three weeks. That loss of snowpack isn't imaginary, and it's showing up in streamflow statistics on the Olympic peninsula. The Elwha is running at just 66% of average, the Skokomish 87% of average, though the Dungeness river near Sequim is running ahead of average...106%...though that could indicate rapidly melting snow. We'll be seeing new statistics on actual snowpack shortly.

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