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big May storms forecast

Post by SSSdave » Mon May 13, 2019 8:53 am

Latest weather forecasts for California this Monday morning show potential for an unusually wet next 10 days across the state including the Sierra. Here in San Jose our annual average rainfall is 15 inches with 1.0 inches in April, 0.6 in May and 0.3 in June. Some models now forecasting an inch by Friday and 2.5 inches by next Tuesday. Storms will be from a mid ocean zonal flow thus above maybe 6.5k snow levels that will melt remaining snow below that while adding to the snow pack above, especially above 9k. Rivers, streams may rise high and valley areas could flood.

Definitely a period to avoid higher areas for you that seem to delight getting out atop old melting winter snows at this early period of spring.








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Post by Wandering Daisy » Mon May 13, 2019 12:01 pm

Murphey's Law of early season 3-day weekends-more often than not has lousy weather for camping and hiking in the High Sierra on Memorial Day. :( I remember several rained-out trips. Once just as we got over to Lee Vining, Tioga Pass was closed so we spent two days in Owens River Gorge until the pass re-opened. And yes, look out for high water!

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Post by TahoeJeff » Mon May 13, 2019 1:07 pm

Wandering Daisy wrote:
Mon May 13, 2019 12:01 pm
lousy weather for camping and hiking in the High Sierra on Memorial Day
There is a long standing joke here in So Lake Tahoe that it always snows on the tourists on Memorial Day...
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Post by c9h13no3 » Mon May 13, 2019 1:17 pm

If they'd ever get the road open to Ellery Lake, could make for some sweet late season skiing :)

Here's a pic of Parcher's Resort I stole from their Facebook page. They got a lot of snow recently.
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Post by SSSdave » Mon May 13, 2019 2:33 pm

If I wasn't injured stuck home, this would be an excellent opportunity to do some late season fresh snow photography from trails out of Yosemite Valley or with more driving Owens Valley trailheads. Will be a boon for Mammoth powder skiers.

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Re: big May storms forecast

Post by richlong8 » Mon May 13, 2019 3:28 pm

I know what you mean, Dave. I had that plantar fascitis for the first 2 years ago, and fortunately, I recovered in a few months, and it has not reoccurred. I live with chronic annoying lower back issues, and then, here recently, I began to wake up with sore shoulders in the morning. MRI shows a light tear in the rotator cuff, how did it happen? No idea, but I can still dayhike, and hopefully, I will avoid surgery, with physical therapy, and performing as little computer tasks as possible. I will be 64 next month. Some days, I feel every bit of that and more, others, I feel younger. I will just continue to do as much as I can, as long as I can, and throttle down as my body tells me to.

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Re: big May storms forecast

Post by ChapATL » Mon May 13, 2019 4:22 pm

Do you think it would be worth bringing snowshoes to SEKI this weekend?

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Post by c9h13no3 » Mon May 13, 2019 5:14 pm

ChapATL wrote:
Mon May 13, 2019 4:22 pm
Do you think it would be worth bringing snowshoes to SEKI this weekend?
Really broad question, but if your objectives are above 7000 feet in elevation, then yes.
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Re: big May storms forecast

Post by rightstar76 » Mon May 13, 2019 5:52 pm

I think we're looking at some serious snow melt the next couple of weeks.

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Post by Harlen » Mon May 13, 2019 10:27 pm

rightstar (who's usually right) says:
I think we're looking at some serious snow melt the next couple of weeks.
Damn, Damn, Damn! I guess we ski travelers can reorient ourselves toward ever higher basins, to be explored in a couple of weeks. The High Route in early June? The upper Kern?

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The Upper Kern doesn't look too bad! :)


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