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Snow surveys

Postby John Dittli » Tue Mar 30, 2010 4:27 pm

We just returned from snow surveys for the upper Kern (Kings/Kern Divide to Cottonwood Pass). The snow pack sits between ~110% (Tyndall) to ~120% (Rock Creek). Barring a warm dry spring, we should have a nice summer snow pack this year.
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Re: Snow surveys

Postby copeg » Tue Mar 30, 2010 6:47 pm

Nice! Thanks for the photos and snow report
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Re: Snow surveys

Postby Mike M. » Tue Mar 30, 2010 8:50 pm

John,this is great information -- thanks for posting it. And your photos are fabulous!

Do you have access to historical information that we hikers can use to compare this year's snow pack on May 1 with other years? For instance, I remember 1978 as having a sizable snow pack, which made getting over the high passes an adventure until early August. It was hard trudging through deep snow cups but really beautiful -- and there were far fewer people on the trail.

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Re: Snow surveys

Postby paul » Tue Mar 30, 2010 9:25 pm

http://cdec.water.ca.gov/snow/current/snow/

Takes a little time to figure out where to look, but all the historical data - and real-time current data from remote sensors - is there.
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Re: Snow surveys

Postby John Dittli » Tue Mar 30, 2010 9:39 pm

What Paul said; I've never found a good, straight forward link for historical data. But it is available at the above link, you just have to dig for it.

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