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More than 2 feet of fresh snow at Paradise

Post by Jeff Mayor / The News Tribune on Feb. 28, 2011 at 9:27 am with No Comments »
February 28, 2011 9:27 am

It seems as if the snowfall of the last few years is repeating itself again at Mount Rainier National Park.

Late winter storms have again raised the snow pack totals after leveling off much of the winter.

According to data available online, nine inches of snow has fallen in the last six hours at Paradise, and more than 25 inches in the last 24 hours. The snow pack has jumped from 157 inches to 175 inches in the last 24 hours.

This year seems to be a repeat of last year. By early February 2010, the snow pack was just 86 percent of normal. But a cold, wet spring and early summer pushed the snow pack to 200 percent of normal by July, said ranger Stefan Lofgren, who tracks snowfall data for the park.

These two webcams, looking west and looking toward the Tatoosh Range, offer the best views of all the snow because the lenses on the others are covered with snow.

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