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Mason County is a world in it's own. Just about everything you'd want on a vacation is here year around .See this link & enjoy what could be in your own back yard when you buy property here in Mason county. Home of the famous Hood Canal ht... Read more

Winter Ice & Snow Control Map

Check out this interactive map that will show you the road conditions.I live over ten miles from town & in over 26 years in Mason county I've always been able to depend on the Mason county road crew to keep this going. http://www.co.mason.wa.u... Read more

Surplus Land

All These properties are owned by Mason County. The Richard Beckman Realty Group, LLC was hired by the Mason County Commissioners to list the Counties Surplus land for sale. Contact Nick to submit an offer on any of the Counties Surplus Real Estate. Mas... Read more

New Business Startup In Mason County

New - Mason County Business Start-Up: Have you dreamed of having your own business? Or do you have a business you want to strengthen? Our goal is to prepare people for successful self-employment. build business knowledge and develop a strategic path towar... Read more

Build a New Custom Home

Adair homes is a local builder with fantastic home floor plans.The Deschutes style is one of many. Named after the iconic Deschutes River, this lovely plan is designed with you in mind. The massive Great Room has room for everyone to relax and let loose... Read more
Nick Opolsky
Richard Beckman Realty Group LLC
117 N 8th St. ~ P.O.Box Y
Shelton, WA 98584
Phone: 360-701-9943
Email: nick@richardbeckman.com

Watching the water supply

Why do we watch mountain snowpack so closely? Because mountain snow serves as a reservoir during spring and summer, gradually melting and feeding rivers and streams. Snow is an important part of our water supply. Let’s take a look at what’s going on as of Jan. 25, 2017:

Status of supplies

Weather and outlook | In December, we saw cooler-than-usual temperatures. Some parts of the state dipped to 20 degrees below average in the last two weeks. We haven’t seen too much precipitation statewide lately and we’re expected to stay relatively dry until the end of January.

We’re still experiencing La Nina conditions (cooler and wetter overall) but the forecast models see a high likelihood of switching into neutral conditions (neither La Nina nor El Nino) in the spring. While the models are currently sharing a slight consensus on warmer-than-normal temperatures for February through April, experts aren’t seeing indications of a sudden spring warmup like we had in 2016. That is good news for our snowpack.

Mountain snowpack | As of Jan. 25, our statewide mountain snowpack is 100 percent of average. The Olympic and lower Columbia regions are in the lead with 116 and 117 percent of normal, respectively. On the other end, the upper Yakima and Spokane regions are both at 76 percent of normal. Once this dry spell ends, experts believe we can expect our snowpack to continue building.

River and streams | Most rivers and streams on the west side of the state are running at near-normal or above-normal levels. Much of the east side is near normal, too, but there are some pockets of below-normal flows in parts of northeast and north central Washington. Colder areas are still seeing below-average flows because of ice.

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