Growers Welcome Snowfall
John Thompson walks through his apple orchard this afternoon.
Harvest season is over and done with, however that doesn't mean there's rest.
Through the winter season, he's had his fingers crossed, waiting for fresh powder like this.
"The Yakima Valley is a desert; it's less than 7 inches of precipitation a year, and we're gathering it right now," said Thompson, "And hopefully in the Cascade Mountains so it can be delivered to us later in the summer."
Most of winter has seen record breaking cold snaps, but a lack of snow or any significant moisture.
Growers like Thompson were worried their crops could be affected, until over a foot fell this weekend.
Unlike most people, growers look forward to the snow, it's pertinent to their crop -- and the science behind it is simple.
When the snow melts, most of the water makes it's way to the Naches River or the Yakima River, which fills the irrigation system.
The same irrigation systems is used by growers to water their crop.
"Water is, in essence, a renewable resource," said Thompson, "As the water drains off this property, it goes into the river, and it will be picked up later down the road."
For growers like Thompson, waiting on Mother's Nature's next dealt hand is always a gamble, and requires a whole lot of optimism.
"I've considered there's not a thing Ican do about the weather, so I don't worry about it.," said Thompson, "I can [curse] It, but i can't do a thing about it."