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How is the Snow now?

Postby OzSwaggie » Thu Apr 05, 2012 3:48 am

Hello
I'm on the other side of Earth, looking forward to a trot along the JMT in August ... So far heard that there was incredibly little snow in the Sierra this year, then that there was a big dump of up to ten feet. Can anyone please provide further information?
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Re: How is the Snow now?

Postby balzaccom » Thu Apr 05, 2012 7:30 am

The snowpack is now about 50-60% of normal, depending on where you are.
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Re: How is the Snow now?

Postby Troutdog 59 » Thu Apr 05, 2012 8:56 am

Like Balzac said, about 60% right now. A little more to the north end and a little less on the south end of the Sierra. Below is a link to some web cams that can give you a glimpse of some current conditions. I like the Mineral King page for a good look at lower elevation (7000 to 8000') and the various ski area cams for the upper elevations. Good luck with your adventure. I was curious if your are the same couple that was looking for a ride on the VVR web page?

http://www.sierravisionsstock.com/sierr ... a-webcams/
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Re: How is the Snow now?

Postby mkbgdns » Thu Apr 05, 2012 11:57 am

60% seems way high. Go to the California Department of Water Resources website, check their snow survey results. The April 1 figures for the drainages you'll cross vary from a high of 47% in the Merced to a low of 32% in the Kern. April 1 averages are the most reliable indications for August, since additional significant snowfall is vanishingly unlikely.
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Re: How is the Snow now?

Postby OzSwaggie » Fri Apr 06, 2012 2:26 pm

Yes Troutdog, I was wondering if you were the same Troutdog that responded to my request for a lift on the VVR website :) Small cyberworld!
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Re: How is the Snow now?

Postby OzSwaggie » Fri Apr 06, 2012 2:30 pm

Thanks for responses. I'm wondering how the thin snowpack might affect conditions in August. I think every year we have been to the Sierra it has been an above average year (especially last year in early July!) so it's hard to picture what it might mean. I guess there will be smaller/fewer snow patches on the JMT to walk across, streams will be lower and easier to cross ... but I wonder might we have any issues finding drinking water and have to carry more water along the trail... And what about mosquito numbers... :confused: Hmmm.
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Re: How is the Snow now?

Postby Mike M. » Fri Apr 06, 2012 4:50 pm

Skeeters should be on the way out by August 1 (especially in a drier than normal year like this one). You shouldn't have any trouble finding water sources along the JMT in August.
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Re: How is the Snow now?

Postby RoguePhotonic » Fri Apr 06, 2012 7:26 pm

Back in 2009 I was at 1000 Island Lake on August 1st with no mosquitoes at all. Same at Cathedral Lake 2 days later so I am remaining hopeful about them being gone even earlier this year.
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Re: How is the Snow now?

Postby OzSwaggie » Sat Apr 21, 2012 5:07 pm

Hmm that all sounds good! - now just have to wait and see about all these poor blown down trees, what a shame!
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Re: How is the Snow now?

Postby oldranger » Sat Apr 21, 2012 9:58 pm

Oz...

Not a shame. Just what mother nature does. The history and prehistory of the Sierra (and much of the world) consists of many such events as well as fires, earthquakes, massive avalanches, ice ages--all have made the Sierra what it is today. Just because it is inconvenient doesn't make it bad.

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