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Hydrologic Outlook issued February 13 at 2:55PM PST by NWS

...MILD, WET, AND BREEZY CONDITIONS MAY LEAD TO STREAM RISES... AN UNSETTLED WEATHER PATTERN WILL CONTINUE THROUGH THE WEEKEND AND INTO EARLY NEXT WEEK. EXPECT RISING SNOW LEVELS AND MILD TEMPERATURES LEADING TO MELTING OF THE MID AND LOW ELEVATION SNOW. THE SNOW MELT IN COMBINATION WITH RAIN MAY LEAD TO RISES ON MANY OF THE AREA`S STREAMS. TEMPERATURES ON MONDAY...TUESDAY AND

Today

Hi48° Cloudy

Tonight

Lo39° Mostly Cloudy

Washington's Birthday

Hi56° Mostly Sunny

Monday Night

Lo41° Partly Cloudy

Tuesday

Hi54° Partly Sunny

Tuesday Night

Lo40° Mostly Cloudy

Wednesday

Hi49° Chance Rain

Wednesday Night

Lo38° Chance Rain

Thursday

Hi46° Slight Chance Showers

Thursday Night

Lo32° Mostly Cloudy

The Hills Are Alive!

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Yesterday the dogs and I hiked the new Homestead Trail at the Horse Lake Preserve. Beautiful weather, great views, and gorgeous flowers.

While I was in southern Idaho a fellow botanist asked if one of the photos from a Celebrating Wildflowers brochure was photoshopped because of the prolific flowers in the photo (much like the photo above). You know you have been in southern Idaho for too long if you have to ask that. Even though this is an old cattle ranch- some pastures are good and some not so good- luckily Central Washington has NEVER reached the state of ecological degradation from cattle that Idaho just takes for granted. We have our fruit trees and irrigation systems partially to thank for that, as they have provided income for people that might have had to turn to ranching otherwise.

Arrowleaf balsamroot, Balsamorhiza sagittata, steals the show with its bright flowers coloring the hillsides. Another common flower in the foothills and local endemic to Central Washington is sagebrush stickseed, Hackelia diffusa var. arida. Hackelia's are also commonly called forget-me-nots. The reason they are called stickseed is because the seeds, when ripe, sticks to fur and clothes because of the tiny barbed appendages on the seeds. This is one of the ways that some plants spread their seeds far and wide, by hitchhiking a ride on someone else.