Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018

Coming up short

Snowpack, precipitation lagging statewide in Oregon


Capital Press

Mother Nature has some catching up to do if Oregon expects to have adequate water supplies heading into summer. Snowpack is lagging significantly across the state heading into 2018, at just 42 percent of normal levels. That is a stark contrast to last year, when January snowpacks surged to 124 percent of normal levels statewide. The difference between this year and last year’s “snowpocalypse” has left weather forecasters scratching their heads.


Water supply outlook for Idaho is a mixed bag

Idaho Statesman

Idaho’s water supply for agriculture looks good for those areas that have reservoirs to carry over the bounty from the 2017 season. But as the closure of Bogus Basin skiing this week shows, snowfall this winter is starting off slow, leaving some places anxious. Long-term trends still point to a colder, wetter winter later, and whitewater rafters and late-season skiers may still be rewarded.


Alaska releases detailed report on climate change

Anchorage Daily News

Alaska's Division of Public Health released the first comprehensive report about the adverse health impacts climate change could have on the state. The sweeping list of potential health implications includes more accidents and injuries due to increasing precipitation. The average annual precipitation is predicted to increase by 15 to 30 percent by 2100 in Alaska compared to 1971-1999.