Central Washington Snow pack going fast

#17
I don't pretend to know more about weather that Cliff. I do know the Yakima reservoirs never filled completely, and the Upper Yakima Basin snow water content is at 30% of normal, and the Lower Yakima Basin is at 57% of normal. It is 59 degrees at pouring rain in Ellensburg and 50 degrees at pass level. I hope I'm wrong, but I think the yak is going to get pretty warm this summer. And the junior water rights farmers have been to expect cuts in their irrigation flows. Maybe we'll have a cool wet summer and everything will work out for the fish.
















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#18
Latest Washington drought map: https://www.drought.gov/drought/states/washington Washington currently has the worst drought conditions in the nation.

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It will takes many inches of rain to eliminate the drought. Not likely since those type of rains usually happen during the winter. If it is like this now, not looking good this summer.

IMHO - fish now while the water temps are lower and before the fires. Tight Lines...
 

JS

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#19
Latest Washington drought map: https://www.drought.gov/drought/states/washington Washington currently has the worst drought conditions in the nation.

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It will takes many inches of rain to eliminate the drought. Not likely since those type of rains usually happen during the winter. If it is like this now, not looking good this summer.

IMHO - fish now while the water temps are lower and before the fires. Tight Lines...
There is a big difference between a low water year or trend even, and a drought. This year may be a low water year, but compare data from 2014-2016 to this year. Then the picture is a little different. Better yet, go back to 2002 or 2006.

The Western US has always been semi arid, and rides drought cycles.

I’m not saying it isn’t something to be concerned about, but it isn't something to panic about IMHO.
 

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