An early spring brings an early bloom, and residents of the Skagit Valley are a bit worried. Though it seems that early blooming tulips will in fact escape the perils of a sudden frost, they’re still arriving earlier to the party than expected. Keep your fingers crossed that a few blooms will be saved for the Tulip Festival come April. Yet another seasonal tourism economy at risk.
A statewide drought could also mean a shortened fishing and hunting season, plus strict restrictions on campfires. Camping without s’mores just doesn’t seem quite as appealing. Dry conditions could also lead to higher chances of wildfires--a dire prospect after the destruction caused by the Carlton Complex fires of last summer.
It all sounds pretty grim. But, there are some positives. As of yet, there does not seem to be fear that water sources will run dry for backpackers dependent upon glacial run-off. My suggestion is to make the backcountry--and the small towns surrounding--your home this summer.
- Weird Weather, Low Snowpack: What to Expect in an Usual Early Hiking Season- WTA, article by Loren Drummond
- Washington State rain no cure for drought, due to bleak snowpack- LA Times, article by Maris L. La Ganga
- Low snowpack is hurting economy in communities near Mount Baker- The Bellingham Herald, article by Dave Gallagher
- Govenor Inslee declares drought for three Washington regions