Time for the end of May update (May 29 data.)
Bishop Pass still has more snow in it than it had at its maximum peak last year.
Charlotte Lake is 58% higher (water content) than on this same date last year.
Blackcap Basin is only about 10% higher than on this date last year.
Slide Canyon is about 40% higher than on this date last year.
Dana Meadows is about 15 days behind last year's melt.
Kibbie Ridge is about 9 days behind last year's melt.
It seems that it has been warm enough to have some melting at lower elevations but not warm enough to have average melting at high elevations. We do not look as bad as the 1998 comparison year at lower elevations but we do look just as bad as 1998 at the highest elevations. (Just a reminder that 1998 had a similar amount of snow as 2011 (not quite as much) but a very cool spring and was around 20 days behind an average year.)
The CDEC daily regional plots show that the southern Sierras are on average catching up to last year's plot lines, but the mid Sierras is still far behind. http://cdec.water.ca.gov/cgi-progs/snow/PLOT_SWC