If you think the Olympics are looking low on snow, you’re right

(Photo added 3:07 pm, with clouds moving back in)
Noticed that the Olympic Mountains are visible today from areas of West Seattle with a west/northwest view, but it’s something of an unusual view – their peaks are barely snowcapped. In case you wondered about it too, we’re sharing the link we found, from the Peninsula Daily News in Port Angeles – reporting that the Olympics’ snowpack is far below normal, compared to this time last year, when it was twice normal. The PDN report says the Cascades are doing better, but not by much.

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7 Replies to "If you think the Olympics are looking low on snow, you're right"

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    foo January 2, 2014 (1:36 pm)

    Very interesting, thank you.

    The ski resorts are really suffering, I know.

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    Kelly January 2, 2014 (3:18 pm)

    The 12″ of snow described at Snoqualmie Pass was a joke. We thought that was enough to go snowshoeing but we spent the whole afternoon on bare ground or ice.

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    smokeycretin9 January 2, 2014 (5:15 pm)

    You’re telling me. I bought a season’s pass for The Summit. I ride Hyak or Alpental 30-35 days a season. Not once this year.
    At this point I am ready to pull off the ski racks and get the kayaks ready.

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    rain man January 2, 2014 (6:02 pm)

    There was only 1.05 inches of precip for December. The average is over 5 inches of rain.

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    New Normal January 2, 2014 (7:44 pm)

    Not saying we won’t get a late-winter pack (who knows?), but this is exactly the type of drastic climate change prophesized in a 6 week class I took by the Mountaineers almost 10 years ago. Just as we’re seeing the loss of glaciers in the Olympics and Montana’s Glacier National Park, plus the melting of the ice pack at the poles, I fear that we can kiss anything like weather normalcy goodbye.

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    gus January 2, 2014 (9:07 pm)

    There used to be ice caves at Paradise on Mt Rainier back in the 1960’s. No more. Melted.

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    pupsarebest January 2, 2014 (9:42 pm)

    Rained steady all evening here on Gatewood Hill—hope that translates into tons of snow in all our mountains.
    At any rate, still lots of Winter left to go, so let’s cross our collective fingers for normal snowpack by Springtime! :)

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