Spokane County nearing drought snow levels

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by BRIANA BERMENSOLO & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on January 3, 2014 at 7:47 PM

Updated Friday, Jan 3 at 8:00 PM

SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. -- The month of December ended on a dry note putting the winter of 2013 in the weather history books as unusually dry for many areas.

Washington is not at drought levels yet. The U.S. drought monitor shows abnormally dry areas this winter across most of the state.  Spokane County is just on the outskirts of the abnormally dry level, but we are still way under where we should be this winter.

Spokane has only received 6.8 inches of snow this season, which is 16 inches below where we should be.

In December, Spokane 3.7 inches for the whole month. The average is about 14.5 inches. To get back on track, Spokane needs 38 inches in the next two months.

A New Year Rebound has only happened 19 times in our history dating back to 1881. The last time we got back to normal after a dry November and December was 1975.

KREM 2’s Chief Meteorologist Tom Sherry said when it comes to snow levels affecting drought, it all comes down to what happens in the mountains.

“Mountains are still low at the same time we catch up a lot in spring time. Many times when we have these cold wet springs in March and April, we will get rain in the lower elevations but snowfall up in the mountains many years we get closer to where we should be. I think it’s too early to worry and we can do a lot of catching up in January and February,” said Meteorologist Tom Sherry.

Eastern Washington mountains are anywhere from 70 to 80% from normal.  

 

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