Snowfall this season could break record

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Snowfall this season could break record

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7 Jan 08 - If the current weather holds out, snowfall could match the historical record set in 1998-99 when the last strong La Niņa rolled in from the Pacific Ocean.

Western Washington's snowpack has jumped to 30 to 50 percent above average, which could make for a good water year at local utilities and hydroelectric plants.

"It's amazing — 1998-99 was our last really big snow season," said Garth Ferber, avalanche meteorologist for the Northwest Weather and Avalanche Center. "If this keeps up, we'll match that at least."

The Northwest Weather and Avalanche Center reported 224 inches of snow at Mount Baker, 184 inches at Stevens Pass, 187 inches at Snoqualmie Pass and 218 inches at Paradise on Mount Rainier.

The ski resort at Crystal Mountain said it had 30 percent more snow than usual, about 200 inches, for this time of year.

               (If this year’s snowpack does indeed break the previous record,
               the two snowiest seasons on record will both have occurred in 
               the past ten years. That’s how ice ages begin.)

See entire article by Sharon Pian Chan:
http://archives.seattletimes.nwsource.com/cgi-bin/texis.cgi/web/vortex/display?slug=snowpack07m&date=20080107&query=snowpack

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