Photo courtesty of KOMOnews.com and KVAL
It’s been a wild ride this past week here in the Pacific Northwest with all the Pacific storms bursting through the region one after another. In fact, 10 weather fronts had been predicted to roll through the region in 15 days. I haven’t been keeping count, but I think we’ve been through most of them so far. We’ve been inundated with rain here in the lowlands, and massive amounts of snow in the Cascades and Olympics. Throw in a sprinkle of hail as well as isolated thunderstorms and heavy winds. Yes, March is living up to its reputation! I love spring here in the Northwest, but I loathe the month of March, a time when any kind of weather is possible. Mother nature is still trying to figure out which way to go with the seasons, but ultimately she gives in to spring. Traditionally, once we have made it through March, things settle down. That’s not to say we won’t be spared from more rain and cool temps, but on the positive side, all the bursting colors that make this region so beautiful in March and April makes one be more forgiving of the weather. After all, our marine climate is what sends spring our way earlier than a lot of places in the US.
Up in the mountains, the snow has piled up big time! I think we’ve seen more snow accumulations this month than any other month this past winter. But it wouldn’t be the first time so late in the season to see this much snow. Of course, all the ski bums are elated and I’m happy for them. It’s good for the local economy. Now, I am basing my opinion on the live webcams that I frequently visit. I like to check out the Mt Rainier National Park webcams to see what’s going on up at Paradise over 5000 ft. On a bright sunny day, it’s soul-refreshing to take in the beautiful photo of the mountain’s snow sparkling in the sunlight. As well, one can view some spectacular webshots of the North Cascades, Mt St Helens, and Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park.
Check out today’s webshot of the Paradise Visitor center in Mt Rainier National Park. The center is just about buried in snow—the most I’ve seen all season!
Next, look at the gorgeous view up at Hurricane Ridge, Olympic National Park. All I can say is “Wow!”
So you see, depending on how you look at it, it’s spring down here in the lowlands, but definitely still winter up yonder!
Postnote: Mt Baker, as of today, has totaled 252 inches of snow for the season!