Hood River Snow Pack Report
Well it looks like all of our hard work at "Pray for Rain/Snow" parties paid off this year because we have great news from the Northwest. We had a promising start on winter precip with plentiful early season storms. In early December we had a Pineapple Express roll through the Gorge and the warm rainstorms melted the early season snowpack overflowing rivers and causing major flooding all across the Northwest. The kayaking was epic.Now we are nearing the end of January and the snowfall is still coming strong. Another storm hit Columbia River Gorge on Saturday closing down I-84 shutting down most of Hood River.
The roads were so treacherous I left my car buried in a mound of snow and cross-country skiied down the streets of Hood River to get to work at the Kayak Shed that morning!According to the USDA Forest Service Weather Center, as of this morning, January 27th, Timberline on Mt. Hood has 149 inches of snow and is at 146% of normal snow pack. Mt. Baker has 157 inches of snow and Paradise at Mt. Rainer has 143 inches. Underground aquifers are refilling and plenty of springs are feeding the local runs.
The forecast is calling for a 70% to 100% chance of snow and rain throughout the next 10 days. Now the only problem is getting through the snow to reach the put-in! All of this water should last us for a while and I know where I'll be paddling this season.SYOTR-Christie G.
Photos:1 Kayak Shed on Saturday
2 Christie G. on the Green TrussPhoto by A. Rathmann