Posted by Ben Sullivan
This winter has been one for the record books, with 67 days of consecutive snow on the ground and counting. We are as eager to get into the fields as you are. All of the snow in the mountains is adding up, and surely more to come this year. Below are the February 16th comparisons of Snow Water Equivalence (SWE) from 2017 through 2015. As shown below, we have a significant amount of water sitting in the mountains. The important areas to compare are the deeper purple to light purple.
Source: NOAA, National Weather Service, National Operational Hydrological RemouteSensing Center.
According to climatologists at NOAA and the National Drought Mitigation Center, drought conditions have significantly decreased. You can see in these graphs, the dramatic difference a year can make. Washington is currently showing 0% areas in water stress, and the California drought has been significantly reduced from 2016 to 2017.
In 2016 we at Agrimanagement partnered up with iMetosUSA. Metos USA provides remote soil moisture and other environmental monitoring solutions for commercial agriculture. Technology is constantly improving and Metos USA has been on top of the spectrum always serving the needs of growers. Agrimanagement will be a distributor for their product here in the Yakima Valley. Agrimanagement has been evaluating these systems for three years now and are extremely happy with the performance, and the ability to give real time moisture readings. Below is a link to the website.