Why the Impending Drought Is Going to Ruin Summer
Snow pack experts are warning the Cascade Mountains don't have enough water to meet demands this summer. Snow pack is like a water savings account. When it melts slowly it provides water all year. When it melts quickly there will be none left by late summer and fall. The beautiful, dry spring we've had spells trouble.
If you're not a farmer, maybe this doesn't worry you. I for one have been LOVING the warm, dry weather so far. But here's a few things you may not have thought of:
During a drought the state parks forbid campfires. How can you camp without a fire pit?
In a drought wildfires become more common. Even if you're lucky enough to not be near one, the smoke spreads for hundreds of miles. Also dust storms increase.
Say goodbye to beautiful green grass this summer.
Droughts always bring wildfires and that means evacuees and maybe even refugees. The Red Cross, food banks and animal shelters will seek extra donations.
The spring run off cleans out the Yakima and Columbia Rivers. Without it, the water in summer is always smelly and you end up with ear infections.