Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Happy St. Patrick's Day.....

Got another couple inches yesterday bringing the storm total to 3", the lower end of the 3-6" projection. We were lucky to get anything as the ridge has been trying to keep the storm activity completely North of us. The Cascades picked up 2-4 feet from this storm.

The ridge moves back in today keeping storm activity to our North thru Friday. Temps will be around 50 degrees on the mtn. with lots of sun. Will be a nice week to get out & enjoy all that snowpack.

Ridge looks to reform out near 150w by Saturday, allowing a cold storm to drop in out of the Gulf of Alaska. This storm has the potential to drop decent snow down to lake level.

The ridge will continue to try & re-emerge along the coast following each storm, which is common in La Nina. It has the possibility of being crushed by a storm for the middle of next week, & then again around the end of the month. We could use a few more storms before settling for Spring.

Looking towards next season there seems to be some disagreement in the research of the global patterns taking shape. The top two long-range global forecasters that I follow seem to see similar things but disagree on their affects. One thinks we are headed towards a mild El Nino meaning less ridge & more storms for CA next winter, while the other thinks we may be locked into La Nina a bit longer which would mean another cold but on the fence as far as precip winter. Check back throughout the summer as I will occasionally post as new info comes in. October is normally when the official winter outlooks start coming in. BA


Tim said...

Awww don't start talking about summer yet!

Anonymous said...

should snow start friday or saturday?

tahoemnts said...

Yeah, looks like we're in the season of "sprinter"!

BA said...

Sorry, I'm not ready for summer yet either, as you can tell I'm already looking towards next season.