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Bob Larson Spring Weather Outlook Pt 1
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Program: Washington State Farm Bureau Report
Date: May 14, 2019

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I'm Bob Larson. Mother Nature is a funny and unpredictable relative. Every year, Pacific Northwest farmers prepare for whatever she decides to send our way.

And, so far this year, Washington state climatologist Nick Bond says, it's been a little whacky ...

BOND ... "This winter will be remembered, at least in part, for the whipsaw between some relatively warm periods and, our course, February and early March when it was so cold and snowy."

As far as snow pack goes, Bond says we're in decent shape ...

BOND ... "Most of the state is in okay if not great shape, but there are definitely some problem areas."

And, where are those problem areas? ...

BOND ... "It is in the east side of the north Cascades that's probably the biggest problem and that's the watersheds for the Okanogan, Methow, Entiat river. We think there's going to be considerably less water than average and enough that it may present some hardships to some of the communities and groups that depend on that water, especially in the Methow and Okanogan valleys."

So, Bond says we've seen worse ...

BOND ... "There are some concerns, but overall it's nothing like 2015 and the widespread water shortages that we were looking at during that year."

Bond says we'll likely see 'some' rain, but given our continued El Nino weather pattern, we should be slightly warmer than usual.

Listen tomorrow for more on our El Nino spring and summer ahead.

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