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Re: Snow Totals

Post by maverick » Thu Feb 07, 2019 6:00 pm

We're not supposed to be political here, right?
I'm not, again, it's the analogy I thought of at the time and that fit for me, and no where does it say that we cannot be political, as long as it stays civil. :)


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Re: Snow Totals

Post by rlown » Thu Feb 07, 2019 11:07 pm

In other news, there is 12+ feet of snow sitting up on Tioga Pass according to CDEC. We seem to be on a good path.

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Re: Snow Totals

Post by maverick » Fri Feb 08, 2019 12:41 am

One this path Russ you'll be ice fishing on your June trip!
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Snow Totals 2/17

Post by maverick » Tue Feb 19, 2019 12:32 pm

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Tuolumne Snow Totals Break 40 year Record

Post by maverick » Wed Feb 20, 2019 6:23 pm

Yosemite NP:
More snow! This past week brought rain, graupel, and snow to the high country. With that, we broke a 40-year record for February snowfall amounts surpassing 174 inches for the month! It was another banner week for skiing in the Tuolumne Meadows area, but there are some conditions to be mindful of; learn more from our Tuolumne Meadows rangers: https://www.nps.gov/yose/blogs/update-f ... qK3GY6nNuQ
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Re: Tuolumne Snow Totals Break 40 year Record

Post by rightstar76 » Thu Feb 21, 2019 3:05 am

Read the 2/20 blog. Fascinating. Although a cold storm quickly followed the atmospheric river, it was only once the weather cleared and the wind swept the new snow away, the effects became apparent. The fact that the rangers are concerned that the smooth crust of ice that the atmospheric river left behind will be a source of avalanche danger and slipperiness for months shows how warm that storm was. I wonder how warm the storm was at the middle elevations and how much snow melted?

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https://www.ioes.ucla.edu/wp-content/up ... Nevada.pdf

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Re: Snow Totals

Post by maverick » Mon Feb 25, 2019 6:45 pm

Here comes another AR.
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Re: Snow Totals

Post by TahoeJeff » Mon Feb 25, 2019 9:25 pm

Dumping hard here in So Lake Tahoe right now. Drought is over. Deso fishing lakes might not open 'till Aug.?!?!?!
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2/29/19 Snow Survey Results

Post by maverick » Thu Feb 28, 2019 6:14 pm

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It’s no surprise, but feet upon feet of Sierra snow across multiple storms in February translated to healthy snow water content for California.

How healthy? Department of Water Resources officials observed more than double what they measured last month at Phillips Station near Echo Summit, recording 113 inches of snow depth with a snow water equivalent of 43.5 inches Thursday, according to a news release.

A month ago at the February survey (Jan. 31), snow-water equivalent had reached 100 percent of the statewide average (17.3 inches) at the February survey.

A state putting a drought behind it has seen big jumps this winter in snowpack and water health. Statewide snow water equivalent has soared to 153 percent of average (37.1 inches), nearly six times more water than recorded last Feb. 28 (just 5.5 inches) and already 33 percent above California’s average accumulation by April 1.

California will likely continue to get good precipitation through April with help from El Niño conditions, DWR said in Thursday’s release.

“This is shaping up to be an excellent water year,” DWR Director Karla Nemeth said in a statement.

In a bit of irony, release of the snow survey’s results was delayed and a planned livestream of the survey was canceled due to snow. Thursday’s conditions blocked cell and internet service at Phillips Station.
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Re: Snow Totals

Post by paul » Mon Mar 04, 2019 3:00 pm

Well, with the manual numbers for March 1st mostly in now, I think it's safe to say it's a big snow year! Not all the numbers are in, but at this point it's a statewide average of 151% of the April 1 average, and 172% of the March 1st average.
Always interesting to compare the sensor numbers with the manual each month; this month the manual numbers are higher overall than the sensor report.

And, you guessed it - more snow in the forecast. I just looked a a NWS point forecast for around Blackcap basin, and that calls for heavy snow Tuesday, Tuesday night, Wednesday, and Wednesday night. Calling for 5 to 7 feet over that period, and snow showers continuing beyond that.

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