KGW reports hydrologists are very concerned about a horrific fire season this summer as the snow pack on Mount Hood (and the Northwest in general) is the third lowest in recorded history. Snow packs in the Willamette basin went from 37 percent of normal on Jan. 1 to 30 percent of normal by Jan. 31; the Malheur basin went from 78 percent of normal on Jan. 1 to 59 percent of normal by Jan. 31; and in the Klamath basin in southern Oregon, the snow pack retreated from 68 percent of normal to 48 percent of normal on Jan. 31. The area has never totallay recovered from the 2001 drought.
The Statesman Journal reportsthat Kim Braasch was airlifted on Sardine Mountain after spending the night following a fall on slippery rock. One of her hiking companions (Kris Richardson ) hiked out to get help and then hiked back rescue crews. Because of darkness the crews spent the night and placed boughs around Braasch to keep her comfortable.
Cascadia Scorecard quoting a Denver Post article on Global Warming notes that Northwest Scientist issued the Ã¢â‚¬Å“The Scientific Consensus Statement of the Likely Impacts of Climate Change on the Pacific Northwest” noting that a quarter of Northwest Glaciers will be gone by 2030.
An article in Columbian.com notes that the official snow measuring station on Mount Hood shows 30 inches of snow which is 21% of average for this time of year. Statewide Washington shows snowpack 38% of normal and Oregon is 46%. Forecasts are calling for more extended dry weather.