Randy Julander measures snowpack for the U.S. government’s Natural Resources Conservation Service. It’s his job to tell water users what they can expect to see flowing down their streams and irrigation canals come spring.
When Julander answered my recent phone call, he was way up in Utah’s Wasatch Mountains. He was having some mixed feelings.
"Gosh, it’s clear skies and the sun is hotter than a two-dollar pistol. I’m sitting here at 8,500 feet and in shirt sleeves," Julander said.
"Does that seem like a good sign?" I asked.