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Just how bad was last year’s Mount Hood snow pack?

By Steve Suo | The Oregonian/OregonLive
on November 17, 2015 at 5:00 AM

As rain begins to splash the Willamette Valley after a dry summer, skiers and resort operators alike are looking anxiously for cold air to turn the precipitation white on Mount Hood.

They have a lot of lost time to make up for after last year’s washout season.

Just how bad was 2014-15 for snowpack?

Historically bad.

We’ve compiled the interactive chart below showing the past 35 water years on Mount Hood, as reported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Measurements for the Mount Hood station are taken at the Timberline ski area, specifically just off West Leg Road at the foot of Pucci ski lift. Built in 1980, it sits at an elevation of 5,370 feet.

The units shown are inches of “snow-water equivalent,” or the puddle depth the snow would generate if melted.

Snow’s water content alone may be of greater interest to farmers and anglers than it is to die-hard snow boarders and skiers, who also care about snow depth and consistency. But snow-water equivalents are probably a good general indicator of each year’s overall volume of snow.

And for much of the 2014-15 season, the snowpack was the worst since the station Mt. Hood station began gathering data in 1980.

Last weekend’s anticipated-but-never-materialized deluge was another disappointment. Still, it’s early in the water year.

Statistically oriented people like to say it’s natural for numbers to regress toward the mean, which weighs in your favor if you’re itching for the slopes.
— Steve Suo

source:http://www.oregonlive.com/outdoors/index.ssf/2015/11/low_snow_pack_mount_hood.html

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