Snow pack, precipitation below average

The snow pack and precipitation levels in the upper and lower Yakima basins are below normal for this time of year.

Still, Scott Pattee, a water supply specialist with the Washington Snow Survey Office, said there isn't really anything to worry about yet.

"We're not concerned at this point," Pattee said. "It's still early in the season. We still have a couple of months coming that normally provides a large amount of snow pack."

According to reports, the upper Yakima basin has 66 percent of its normal water content in the snow pack. So far precipitation in the upper Yakima basin is at 82 percent of normal.

"We would like to see that number at 100 percent," Pattee admitted.

In the lower Yakima basin the numbers are a little better. Average water content in the snow pack is at 89 percent of normal. Precipitation is at 96 percent.

The information provided is gathered by automated mountain weather stations that are spread throughout the Cascade Mountains.


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