snowpack http://kplu.org en Mass: Chances Of Snow This Weekend, But Don't Bet The House On It http://kplu.org/post/mass-chances-snow-weekend-dont-bet-house-it <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The weekend forecast includes c</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">hances</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> of snow, but nothing's for certain</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, says </span>KPLU<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> weather expert Cliff Mass.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">"This is a hard one," said&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Mass. “There’s a lot of uncertainty here. I’ll tell you that right in the beginning.”</span></p><p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 18:07:27 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 13912 at http://kplu.org Mass: Chances Of Snow This Weekend, But Don't Bet The House On It Hold On Tight To Your Valentine: Wet, Windy Weekend Ahead http://kplu.org/post/hold-tight-your-valentine-wet-windy-weekend-ahead <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">We’re getting the “weather we need,” so get ready for a wet and windy weekend, says </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">KPLU</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> expert Cliff Mass.</span></p><p>“Our water supply was well below normal,” said Mass, who teaches atmospheric sciences at the University of Washington. “Very rapidly, the snowpack is getting replenished in the mountains. The reservoirs are filling. And by the end of this week, I don’t think we’ll have to worry water for this summer or the coming fall.”</p><p> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 18:35:05 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 13654 at http://kplu.org Hold On Tight To Your Valentine: Wet, Windy Weekend Ahead Year Starts With Wash. Snowpack At 45 Percent http://kplu.org/post/year-starts-wash-snowpack-45-percent <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;">A dry start to winter has left the snowpack in Washington far short of normal.</p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;"><p>The U.S. Department of Agriculture's snow survey office in Mount Vernon says as of Jan. 1, snowpack readings were 45 percent of normal for that time of year.</p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 22:01:47 +0000 The Associated Press 12476 at http://kplu.org Year Starts With Wash. Snowpack At 45 Percent Strange Snow Finding Suggests Fewer Trees Mean More Water http://kplu.org/post/strange-snow-finding-suggests-fewer-trees-mean-more-water <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Quick quiz: In springtime, does snow melt faster out in the open or in the shade?&nbsp;</span></p><p>You might figure it melts faster in the sunshine, and that seems to be the case for cold climates. But in places with temperate winters, like the Pacific Northwest, <a href="http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/wrcr.20504/abstract" target="_blank">it might be just the opposite</a>.</p> Mon, 25 Nov 2013 13:01:00 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer & Bellamy Pailthorp 11250 at http://kplu.org Strange Snow Finding Suggests Fewer Trees Mean More Water Rain, followed by rain, and some deep mountain snow http://kplu.org/post/rain-followed-rain-and-some-deep-mountain-snow <p></p><p>At least three or four more days of rainstorms are headed to the northwest. They'll cycle through approximately every 18 hours, says KPLU weather expert Cliff Mass, a professor of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Washington.</p> Fri, 30 Nov 2012 17:08:15 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 7245 at http://kplu.org State struggles to open some mountain passes due to snow http://kplu.org/post/state-struggles-open-some-mountain-passes-due-snow <p>OLYMPIA, Wash. &ndash; Fresh snow in the mountains has slightly delayed the reopening of one high mountain pass in the Washington Cascades. Highway crews are on track to reopen two other scenic cross state routes before Memorial Day.</p><p>What&#39;s slowing them down? The snowpack is deeper than average for this time of year in Washington, north Idaho and the northern Oregon Cascades.</p><p> Sun, 06 May 2012 16:09:15 +0000 Tom Banse 4942 at http://kplu.org State struggles to open some mountain passes due to snow More snowpack means more electricity this summer http://kplu.org/post/more-snowpack-means-more-electricity-summer <p>The Pacific Northwest has emerged from winter with an above average snowpack, and that&#39;s good news for the region&#39;s hydroelectric dams. <a href="http://www.seattle.gov/light/">Seattle City Light</a> Superintendent Jorge Carrasco&nbsp;says,&nbsp;&ldquo;The snowfall we have received in the mountains this winter was fantastic.&rdquo;</p> Thu, 07 Apr 2011 20:20:30 +0000 Dave Meyer 1157 at http://kplu.org More snowpack means more electricity this summer