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New snowfall record

Postby Hobbes » Fri Jan 20, 2017 2:32 pm

Mammoth just passed 182.5" inches so far this January, surpassing the old record for the month set back in 1995:

Over the last 24 hours another 18" of new snowfall has accumulated. It is officially the snowiest January on record, and its still coming down. Heavy snow is expected through the day, and right into the weekend. Be advised wind and storm conditions will impact resort operations.

http://www.mammothmountain.com/winter/m ... nd-weather

With an additional (minimum) 24-36" inches expected before the current storm rolls out by Tues, the season total will stand at over 315" before January is even concluded. To put this into perspective, the heaviest snowfall year on record (2010-11) finished with 669" inches, with the season total at the end of January '11 coming in at 335".



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Re: New snowfall record

Postby Hobbes » Fri Jan 20, 2017 2:38 pm

Howard Sheckter says that 4-5' (48-60") is expected from this storm - in town. If the mountain only comes in with that amount, it will blow past the year-to-date totals through January for the heaviest snowfall year recorded during 2010-2011:

http://mammothweather.com/
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Re: New snowfall record

Postby alpinemike » Sat Jan 21, 2017 11:56 am

Up here in South Lake Tahoe I just hit 112 inches for the month which I'm fairly certain is a January Record. With an expected 2-3 feet in my area we will easily break the average for the entire season in January.

When they ask for snow.. they never truly realize that Mother Nature can give them way more than they ever bargained for. I was snowed in in the last storm cycle and I'm pretty sure I will be tomorrow. But I love it and wouldn't want anything else! :D
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Re: New snowfall record

Postby Hobbes » Sat Jan 21, 2017 2:39 pm

January is shattering snowfall records with another 17" of new snow bringing our month total at Main Lodge to 200"! The current storm has brought up to 5 feet of snow across the mountain with MUCH more to come through Monday.

http://www.mammothmountain.com/winter/m ... nd-weather

Mammoth is now at 304" inches for the year - only 58" short of last year's season total of 362". The new storm hitting tonight through Monday could easily drop another 50-60". So, not only will the snow levels exceed last year's season total by 1/24, it will also exceed the 335" YTD totals through January for the 2010-2011 record of 669" inches for the season.

PS Andy is trying to get me to come along on some winter hikes, but I'm still holding out for spring.
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Re: New snowfall record

Postby markskor » Sun Jan 22, 2017 9:12 am

36" - 48" more expected today...stay tuned!
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Re: New snowfall record

Postby Snowtrout » Sun Jan 22, 2017 10:07 am

Just saw that Jan 2017 not only surpassed the Jan record but became the all time largest month ever for Mammoth and the month isn't over. Wonder if they have started loading up and trucking the snow out of town yet?

Looking at previous years, February and especially March can have some impressive storms and totals. If it really adds up, some areas in the Sierra might be winter like through most of the summer, similar to 1995 and 2011.
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Re: New snowfall record

Postby markskor » Sun Jan 22, 2017 1:46 pm

Snowtrout wrote: Wonder if they have started loading up and trucking the snow out of town yet?

Since last Friday, these huge white hopper things (TYKO toys?) appeared from somewhere...the constant snowplow roar...a futile attempt, trying to move slabs/mountains of snow where there just is no room to put it.
20'+ snow-blower walls now common in town - a steady semi-wet snow - hasn't stopped since early AM.
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Re: New snowfall record

Postby bigpiney » Sun Jan 22, 2017 2:25 pm

That picture of the cornice on Von's scares me. Don't want to be walking near that thing.
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Re: New snowfall record

Postby Shawn » Sun Jan 22, 2017 7:53 pm

Great photos markskor, thanks for sharing. :thumbsup:

That picture of the cornice on Von's scares me. Don't want to be walking near that thing.

I was thinking the same thing. Next thing ya know, people will have to be roped up to go grocery shopping. :\

Can't wait for spring.
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Re: New snowfall record

Postby SSSdave » Sun Jan 22, 2017 10:00 pm

Mammoth Lakes pics remind me of the late winter 1986 images.

Yesterday Saturday since SR88 was closed up to Kirkwood that I have a season pass at, drove up past Sonora to Dodge Ridge Ski Resort that I had not skied since the 80s. There was snow down to the east end of Sonora at 2500 feet so exceptionally low snow level. They'd received 23 inches over the previous 24 hours and 66 inches over 48 so I enjoyed my best deep powder skiing day in over a decade. Was so deep in many places my ski poles stuck fully down into snow would not bottom out. Am thinking of taking Tuesday off to get some more after the current big storm wanes.

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Some small fir trees looked like snow cones:

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