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Re: Where is the SNOW!!!

Postby Peakjumper » Fri May 10, 2013 7:46 am

I'm going to be up at Glen Cove tomorrow if anyone is interested give me a call... Joe 3zero3-5one9-5488
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Re: Where is the SNOW!!!

Postby dmccool » Fri May 10, 2013 8:06 am

GerryRigged wrote:Do you know how much snow Pikes Peak got?
This was taken from just east of I-25 this morning on my way to work. I know it's not the view you're asking about, but you can figure the North side snowfall will be fairly deep for at least a day or two.
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Re: Where is the SNOW!!!

Postby Jim Davies » Fri May 10, 2013 8:13 am

A local TV station claims the summit of Pikes Peak got 36" in the storm. The forecast for the summit is calling for another 6-12" over the next two days, also. You can check the web cams to see for yourself. It does look pretty snowy up there.
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Re: Where is the SNOW!!!

Postby ajkagy » Fri May 10, 2013 8:24 am

Jim Davies wrote:A local TV station claims the summit of Pikes Peak got 36" in the storm. The forecast for the summit is calling for another 6-12" over the next two days, also. You can check the web cams to see for yourself. It does look pretty snowy up there.


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Re: Where is the SNOW!!!

Postby Mark A Steiner » Fri May 10, 2013 11:55 am

Any word on how the San Juan Mountains fared from this event?

SJ Ron and others ... updates?
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Re: Where is the SNOW!!!

Postby Scott P » Thu May 16, 2013 7:14 am

With this latest heatwave, the snowpack is really coming down fast. Around here, the Yampa is spilling over the banks in places and the snowpack has gone from 93% to 62% of normal in a matter of days. All areas in Colorado except for the South Platte drainage are below normal, but better than it was originally looking a few months ago.
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Re: Where is the SNOW!!!

Postby Magnum420 » Thu May 16, 2013 9:16 am

Is there something wrong with the snotel data or am I missing something? The snowpack graph for the Upper Colorado River Basin says we are at 88% of average and the snowpack map for the same says 102% of average.

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Postby mtnfiend » Thu May 16, 2013 12:30 pm

hummm....Interesting observation. If we knew more about what the map was actually measuring then the disparity could probably be explained. The graph is measuring snow water equivalent, but the map doesn't indicate the units of measurement (102% of what, exactly)?
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Re: Where is the SNOW!!!

Postby Scott P » Thu May 16, 2013 12:42 pm

Is there something wrong with the snotel data or am I missing something? The snowpack graph for the Upper Colorado River Basin says we are at 88% of average and the snowpack map for the same says 102% of average.


I've noticed that too. It seems to me the map data lags behind the graph data. After a snowstorm, the graph data is usually higher and after melting the graph is lower. From watching it, I assume (but am not positive that) the graphs are updated more often, but why they have the same date stamp is a mystery.
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Re: Where is the SNOW!!!

Postby Oman » Thu May 16, 2013 1:54 pm

Later in the snow year (like now) you're much better looking at individual Snotel stations instead of basin-wide averages. That's because of melt, especially at lower elevations, that really throws off overall percentages.

For example, a low-elevation station may have just an inch or two of snow remaining, but because of this year's late melt that may appear 200 percent greater than average, even though all the snow at that station will be gone by the end of the day.

If you're hiking high, look at Snotel stations >10,000 feet.
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Re: Where is the SNOW!!!

Postby JTOlson26 » Thu Jan 30, 2014 3:56 pm

Ok, resurrecting this thread to hear about this current snow event! Just trying to live vicariously through you.

For all of you fortunate enough to experiencing it first hand, let's hear your storm totals thus far.

And, hey, pictures are always appreciated as well. :-D

Here in Akron, we don't have the mountains but at least we got a good 8-10 inches this past weekend!
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Re: Where is the SNOW!!!

Postby Mountainspirit » Thu Jan 30, 2014 5:23 pm

I'm guessing Breck has gotten at least 20" so far - and still coming down
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