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Forecast for summer water supply looking good

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WENATCHEE — After a disastrous start, the summer water supply outlook for North Central Washington appears to be in good shape.

Cascade Mountains snowpack draining into the Central Columbia Basin has improved from about 55 percent of average in early February to 105 percent of average April 1, according to the latest report by the Natural Resources Conservation Service.

The Central Columbia region includes the Wenatchee, Entiat and Chelan rivers. Snowpack flowing into the Okanogan River is 98 percent of average. Snowpack draining into the Methow River is 111 percent of average.

The Central Columbia region received nearly twice its normal precipitation in March, leading to increased snowpack levels at higher elevations, but earlier than normal melting of snowpack at lower levels along the east slopes of the Cascades.

 

Reach Rick Steigmeyer at 509-664-7151 or . Read his blog Winemaker's Journal or follow him on Twitter at @steigmeyerww.

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