I'm spending some time at Mt. Rainier National Park this spring as a "Scientist in Residence", a position made possible by support from the Northwest Climate Science Center. One of the projects that I'm working on is generating up-to-date forecasts of when Mt. Rainier's (massive) snowpack will finally melt this summer. The timing of snow melt is important for wildflower phenology (one of my research interests), but it's also important because it determines when some of the park's management activities can happen (i.e. trail maintenance, road openings), and potentially for visitors. This post serves as a brief FAQ to the forecasts, which are available live today.
The link to the most up-to-date forecast map is here.Read on →