Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Warm Storm

WebCam on Hurricane Ridge (Click for larger image.)

The rivers are touching flood stage, and precipitation is way above average up on the Ridge, but snow is not accumulating (see Waterhole Snotel graph below). This is one of the consequences they have told us to expect as the climate changes, though certainly warm winter storms and big melts have happened in the past. If we see it year after year— more floods as all the precip runs away to sea as it falls, and low streamflow through the summers for lack of snow to melt— then we'll know...

Elwha Gauge, Waterhole Snotel, Basin Precipitation (Click for larger image.)

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