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It's been snowing a lot in the mountains this winter. Our passes currently have 80-90% of the snow that's expected for this time of year, and some areas are closer to 100%.
Only time will tell what the next couple months have in store for Puget Sound. We will be watching and keep you included in what we see.
The many colors of Puget SoundAs of April, the spring plankton bloom has extended across central and south Puget Sound. Our ferry data shows that chlorophyll has been increasing since March 25 and expanding across these stretches of the Sound. Many areas of Puget Sound are starting to darken to a reddish brown as they bloom with life.
|Click through the arrows to scan photos from April's flight, or follow the link to Flickr to see them all.|
Will jellies retake the stage?Water temperatures are still warmer than usual, just as they were throughout last year. Do you remember what species flourished in the warm waters of 2015? The jellies! We saw numerous jellyfish patches in the inlets of southern Puget Sound and Sinclair Inlet, which is unusual this early in the year.
|Our WCC Individual Placement intern Mattie Michalek|
ready to collect water samples in the field.
More in this issue:
Check out a feature from our Eyes Under Puget Sound team: the Seed Shrimp! These tiny burrowing ostracods are about the size of a sesame seed and they're April's Critter of the Month.
Seed Shrimp and oxygen
Also in this issue, our Washington Conservation Corps (WCC) Intern Mattie explains how we take the samples we collect in Puget Sound to the lab to analyze oxygen in seawater.