Monday, January 26, 2009

A Few More Flakes.......

One last piece of energy sliding down the coast behind the trough this morning. This may trigger some additional snow showers thru this evening, so I won't give final accumulations until tomorrow morning. We could still pick up a few more inches.

Northstar picked up another 4 inches on top yesterday bringing the 4 day total to 2 ft. even, with about a half foot at the bottom. Storm didn't take the favorable over water path, but more of a path over land. Still, everyone got some decent snow to resurface the trails. A lot of the shower activity got hung-up on the crest yesterday. Areas along the Sierra crest reported 6-14 additional inches, with 32-42 inches as a 4 day total. Sierra at Tahoe got 11 inches yesterday bringing their 4 day total to 34 inches. They could break 3 ft. with the snow showers from today. So far over 4 days 2-3.5 ft. for everyone on top. The Sierra crest is now only 3 ft. short of the halfway point to get to average snowfall for the year, and Northstar is about 1 ft. short. We are just about halfway thru the 4 snowiest months.

One more day of cold tomorrow and then we warm up into the 40's with sun thru the weekend. Inversion should also start to form at night. Storm activity should return in about 7-10 days, and should last for a while once it starts. These will be colder and more moist storms off of the Pacific. BA

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

So now we are 7 to 10-days out from some snow? You said last week you hoped things would be good starting next weekend, I guess that was pushed back?

BA said...

Problem is that models are crap more than 5 days out. They can show a pattern trend when consistent, but then you have to look at the global patterns occuring as well to see if it fits. Pattern will be for troughs on the West coast coming up, but the first couple storms will get eaten up by the stronger than earlier projected ridge that will be just off the coast.

During LaNina ridges love to form in the Eastern Pacific. The lack of snow has nothing to do with so called "Global Warming". It is caused by constant high pressure in the Eastern Pacific caused by colder than normal water in the equatorial Pacific (La Nina).

Hope that helps.

Tom said...

I just found this blog. Thanks for providing a great service! I'm hoping that ridge breaks down sooner rather than later. Heading to Park City in a couple of weeks. Seems like they have been tracking the same as us (generally speaking) this year.

Cheers,

Tom

meryl bennan said...

Hey, thanks for all of the updates last week. You kept us going while all of the other reports were for rain. Keep up the good work!

Anonymous said...

Love the blog. Awesome information. Had an awesome day at Northstar yesterday. No one there. Rode North Lookout groomers all day by myself. Still looking for the "21" inches they said they got at the summit. Looked more like 5-6.

BA said...

Summit of Lookout or Pluto? Lookout is a few hundred feet lower. I dropped into the woods at the top of Pluto on Sat. and it was about a foot deep. That was before the foot of powder that fell on top Sunday.