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Re: New snowfall record

Postby markskor » Mon Jan 23, 2017 7:46 am

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Awoke to 4 feet new this morning...taken from my 2nd story balcony.
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As soon a plow clears our drive, will post more...Mammoth today.
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Re: New snowfall record

Postby Jimr » Mon Jan 23, 2017 8:55 am

Looks like its quickly becoming your first story balcony :-)
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Re: New snowfall record

Postby markskor » Mon Jan 23, 2017 4:19 pm

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Took a walk about town...Vons and Post Office - Mammoth
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Re: New snowfall record

Postby markskor » Sat Jan 28, 2017 9:29 am

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1/28...9:00 AM
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Re: New snowfall record

Postby rlown » Sat Jan 28, 2017 9:35 am

The Jeep is looking spiff!!
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Re: New snowfall record

Postby oldranger » Sat Jan 28, 2017 3:06 pm

looks to me like you don't need the steps to get down to ground level!
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Re: New snowfall record

Postby Hobbes » Sat Feb 04, 2017 8:42 am

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Mammoth just surpassed last year's season total:

2015-16 0 0 56.0 71.0 110.0 20.0 85.0 16.0 3.2 1.0 0 362.2
2016-17 0 10.0 19.0 75.0 245.5 14.0 - - - - - 363.5

There's another series of major storms on the way, so the next targets are these high snow years:

2008-09 0 10.0 26.5 120.5 63.0 144.0 62.5 30.0 11.5 2.0 0 470.0
2009-10 0 34.0 21.0 103.0 127 108.0 62.5 84.9 17.5 0 0 557.9
2010-11 0 10.0 88.0 209.0 29.0 92.0 177.5 31.0 27.5 4.5 0 668.5

When Andy & I began our JMT section hike last year on May 31 from Lamarck, the snow line was around 10.7k. Of course below that there was still plenty of snow (usually to around 8k), but above was complete 100% coverage.

This shot of Dana meadows is from 6/5/2010 - the first day Tioga opened. I remember parking up against a solid wall of snow that was still around 3-4' high.

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By the look of things, we could easily get to 470", and maybe over 500". If that's the case, then this photo provides a good idea of what to expect.
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Re: New snowfall record

Postby fishmonger » Sat Feb 11, 2017 8:33 am

For those of you who remember/lived through previous winters like this one, how did 140% or more of normal translate into late summer/fall conditions? I've seen the 2010 snow (much less than now) and late July in the high country felt like mid June in dry years.

My guess is the melt will be pretty exponential once we hit July, but with these record amounts, won't some snow fields last late into the summer, possibly fall? I was planning on a fall trip this year, but I really want to take in the unusual amount of white stuff as well, so if fall will be dry as usual, I may need to change my plans.
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Re: New snowfall record

Postby rlown » Wed Mar 01, 2017 4:53 pm

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'Phenomenal' California snowpack nears record depths
SCOTT SMITH AND RICH PEDRONCELLOASSOCIATED PRESS | March 1, 2017, 3:25PM | Updated 1 hour ago.


PHILLIPS STATION — The Sierra Nevada snowpack is close to setting records notched more than three decades ago — a welcome sight after five years of punishing drought in California, surveyors said Wednesday.

A series of storms that doused the state in the first two months of the year brought the water content of the snowpack up to a "pretty phenomenal" 185 percent of normal, well above the 84 percent of normal a year ago, said Frank Gehrke, the state's chief snow surveyor.

Winter snowfall on the 400-mile mountain range provides roughly one-third of the water used in the nation's most populous state as the snow melts over the spring and summer and fills reservoirs supplying farmers and city dwellers.

Gehrke said the snowpack is nearing levels last seen in 1983. He noted that levels reached by April 1 are a key marker because that's the typical end to the wet season.

"We've busted through April 1 values pretty much at all snow courses throughout the state," Gehrke said.

Gehrke took a manual measurement under clear blue skies Wednesday in a meadow at Phillips Station near Lake Tahoe. He found 10 feet of snow at a spot that had been bare of snow at the height of the drought.

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Nearby road signs stood half-covered in snow, and roof peaks of homes sat nestled in deep snow with tunnels dug out for access to front doors.

At the southern end of the Sierra Nevada — with the highest mountain peaks — more than double the normal amount of snow has piled up.

The deluge follows five years of drought, including two of the driest in the state's recorded history.

In April 2015, Gov. Jerry Brown attended the monthly snowpack survey near Lake Tahoe, standing in a field that was barren of any measureable snow.

Brown later ordered residents to use less water at home — a first for California. In the state that leads the nation in producing fruits, vegetables and nuts, some farmers drew down wells to grow their crops; others left fields unplanted.

The bleak scenario began to ease last year. In recent weeks, heavy storms flooded some areas of California. For a time, officials feared Oroville Dam, the nation's tallest, could burst. Tens of thousands of people were evacuated.

Flood damage statewide reached an estimated $1 billion, officials said.

The snow, however, has been good news for skiers.

At Mammoth Mountain, a popular destination in Southern California, more than 43 feet of snow has fallen. Resort spokeswoman Lauren Burke said the venue plans to stay open through Independence Day.

Farther north, Lake Tahoe is at its highest level in more than a decade and ski resorts are extending the season to the end of April.

"We've had days when we had to take a little extra time to dig out we've had so much snow," said Marcie Bradley, a spokeswoman for Northstar California. "It's been an incredible snow year."


Source: http://www.pressdemocrat.com/news/67262 ... artslide=0
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Re: New snowfall record

Postby maverick » Wed Mar 01, 2017 5:22 pm

According to the reports, Southern Sierra is supposed to have over 200% percent of normal. :eek:
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Re: New snowfall record

Postby rlown » Wed Mar 01, 2017 5:24 pm

OR will have lots of snow for the evening cocktail..
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Re: New snowfall record

Postby TahoeJeff » Thu Mar 02, 2017 6:16 am

Let's see what "Miracle March" has in store for us...
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