Posted by: Kate | February 10, 2009

But It’s the Wrong Kind

We desperately need precipitation this winter. We have had very little rain, and while that is nice for those of us who tire of trying to develop wetsuit skin to walk our dogs in the winter, it is not so good for our ecosystem. Our rivers and forests depend on the copious amounts of rain we get in the winter to see them through what are usually dry summers. Without the rain in the rivers our salmon and trout don’t spawn. Without the rain in the forests, our evergreen trees do not grow strong and deep roots. We aren’t called a Temperate Rainforest for nothing!

Instead this year we have had lots of cold, dry weather interspersed with snow. The ground is dry and dusty, the house is dry, the air is dry. Our ski hills through-out the province have not had enough precipitation, too much clear weather there as well.

The snow is precipitation, yes, but it is not the same as quenching, driving rain. Our forests will likely be dry this summer and we will be back to no fires at the campgrounds. 

Today we have more precipitation, but it’s the wrong kind.

snow-feb10

Another blizzard I can do without. Never thought I’d say this, but bring on the rain!

Of course, in this somewhat temperate climate, change can happen quickly. They are calling for this snow to turn to rain later this afternoon. But considering how the year has gone so far, I’ll believe it when I see it!

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  1. Dry seems to be the norm the past few years. And we are seeing the effects on herd productivity in elk. More-so in our eastern, drier climates that are more sensitive to even slight changes in precip, but it’s also showing up in the western climates as well.

    Never fear though…I have elk captures in the Cascades all next week. That almost guarantees that it’ll rain for a week! :)

  2. we could do with some light rain here too, havent seen any for months now!


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