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Bob Larson Water Supply Forecast Pt 2
by Bob Larson, click here for bio

Program: Washington State Farm Bureau Report
Date: March 08, 2017

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I’m Bob Larson. First wet, then dry and cold, and now wet and cold. If you’ve been outside in the past six months, you know we’ve had a crazy winter.

But, the USDA’s Scott Pattee says February has erased any threat of a drought …

SCOTT PATTEE … “Streamflow forecasts, we’re in really good shape again. Last month we were looking at doom and gloom at the end of January just because, again, it had been so cold and dry, but now we’re back up to pretty much normal or above normal everywhere, which is really a good thing. And so, again, any streams you see that might have a little bit lower forecast right now, especially if they’re reservoir-op driven, there shouldn’t be any concern at all because the reservoirs again are going to fill and then once we have those numbers come Spring, those forecasts are going to climb up to where they should be.”

Pattee says although Winter isn’t over, things look good moving into Spring …

SCOTT PATTEE … “But at this time, the forecast, the National Weather Service forecast, you know the short-term forecast for this month is cool and wet and we’re already seeing it, like just this past weekend, we received a lot of snow in the mountains. And then, beyond that, the three-month forecast is that they’re calling for more precipitation than normal. Temperatures, there’s a little uncertainty in the temperatures, but that kind of tells me usually you’re falling into that quote unquote normal ranges.”

Snowpack levels statewide are 108 percent of normal.

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