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WA State Climatologist

Recent Cascade snow could help prevent summer drought and wildfires

This winter had a tough time getting started. In early December, the central Cascades had as little as 5% of the normal snowpack. By January 1, it was still less than 40%. State Climatologist Nick Bond with the University of Washington was betting that would turn around. And did it ever. "I didn't dream it was going to be this way," Bond said. 



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