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  • 25% of average (California Snow Pack)

    Sounds like me ... 25% of average ... D-?

    http://www.slate.com/articles/techno...s_drought.html

  • #2
    Without looking at the charts and such, 25% sounds about right just based on ski touring in the area and how little the Honda snowblower was used this year. Based on the latter fact, I might be inclined to think 10%.

    ain't no turn like tele!

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    • #3
      Very consistent with current CA Department of Water Resources info
      It's turns! Of course it's worth the hike!

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      • #4
        But I think total precip was more like 60%. A lot fell as rain and/or melted early.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Baaahb View Post
          But I think total precip was more like 60%. A lot fell as rain and/or melted early.
          Also consistent with CDWR for Northern Sierra at around 50% and Southern Sierra at around 60%
          It's turns! Of course it's worth the hike!

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          • #6
            Yup. For the bulk of the Sierra, we're at 50% to 60% of precip for the season, and in the higher reaches of the Sierra (where one would tend to go skiing in April), snowpack is in the 50% range.

            The nature of snowpack is that, in a below-average year, everything dries out earlier, and so it's to be expected that in April some places that usually have snow will not have snow. So then: 0%!!! Also, it's possible that the overall remaining snow volume is at 25%, but again, it's April, well into normal melt-off season, so it's hardly surprising a lot of that 50% to 60% has already flowed into the rivers.

            And, of course, California has a lot going on, so anything at all below average is going to hurt. But this is not at all a 25% snow year.

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            • #7
              Besides the lack of snowpack below 8,000 the interesting thing about this season was the consistent warm temps and the amount of warm wind. A lot of record high temps and a lot of near record high temps. Usually when we have lack of precipt during the Winter, the temps are butt cold. WTBS, Ocean temps are rapidly increasing in the Pacific and predictions of strong El Nino so, maybe huge rain events and maybe deep snow with probably high snow levels. I live on the fringes of the desert, I'll take any precipt even floods.
              "Just say no to groomed snow"

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              • #8
                The Washoe Valley may be the next fertile crescent.

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