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Re: Where is the SNOW!!!

Postby JTOlson26 » Wed Apr 17, 2013 8:10 pm

Based on a few webcams, it looks like Woodland Park got some snow so that bodes well for some of the front range areas above Colorado Springs. Those places had mainly been missed the last couple go-arounds.
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Re: Where is the SNOW!!!

Postby jdorje » Wed Apr 17, 2013 10:25 pm

What a difference a day makes: from the driest day of the year to the wettest. Tuesday was gray-brown skies with dust everywhere. Wednesday was rain/snow, gray misty skies, with tons of moisture and humidity.
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Re: Where is the SNOW!!!

Postby geojed » Thu Apr 18, 2013 6:42 am

Getting better, with more on the way! \:D/
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Re: Where is the SNOW!!!

Postby Magnum420 » Thu Apr 18, 2013 7:43 am

Its soooo nice to see that 97%!!
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Re: Where is the SNOW!!!

Postby RoanMtnMan » Thu Apr 18, 2013 8:07 am

Red snow skis as well as anything else, although with added friction. I think I took this on either Columbia or Massive during one of our more dusty springs. I do remember it was south facing.

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Re: Where is the SNOW!!!

Postby ajkagy » Thu Apr 18, 2013 8:10 am

Magnum420 wrote:Its soooo nice to see that 97%!!


a bit misleading since it's 97% of normal for a particular date, not 97% of normal peak. water equivalent inches to date is still well below normal, but this will at least extend the snow pack melting date at least.
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Re: Glacier advancing south towards BV

Postby Jim Davies » Thu Apr 18, 2013 9:11 am

Dex wrote:In other news - reports are coming in that a glacier has crushed Leadville and is advancing south towards BV

Does this mean that Ski Cooper is reopening for the weekend?
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Re: Where is the SNOW!!!

Postby geojed » Thu Apr 18, 2013 9:21 am

ajkagy wrote:
Magnum420 wrote:Its soooo nice to see that 97%!!


a bit misleading since it's 97% of normal for a particular date, not 97% of normal peak. water equivalent inches to date is still well below normal, but this will at least extend the snow pack melting date at least.


True. It's 88% of normal peak for the Colorado Basin right now.
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Re: Where is the SNOW!!!

Postby Magnum420 » Thu Apr 18, 2013 9:29 am

a bit misleading since it's 97% of normal for a particular date, not 97% of normal peak.


Its only misleading if you dont know how to read the map/graph. 88-90% of peak is a lot better than I thought we'd see this year. Grizzly Peak (Abasin) is at 96% of peak right now.
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Re: Where is the SNOW!!!

Postby ajkagy » Thu Apr 18, 2013 9:32 am

Magnum420 wrote:
a bit misleading since it's 97% of normal for a particular date, not 97% of normal peak.


Its only misleading if you dont know how to read the map/graph. 88-90% of peak is a lot better than I thought we'd see this year. Grizzly Peak (Abasin) is at 96% of peak right now.


i agree, definitely good. I'm wondering how the dust layer will affect things going forward. We need to fill those reservoirs up again!
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Re: Where is the SNOW!!!

Postby Magnum420 » Thu Apr 18, 2013 10:06 am

Hate to see the dust, but a storm or two with dust is pretty normal for CO, right? I think there's been at least one storm with dust every year I've lived here.

As far as the reservoirs go, is a quick melt or a slow melt better?
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Re: Where is the SNOW!!!

Postby ajkagy » Thu Apr 18, 2013 10:13 am

Magnum420 wrote:Hate to see the dust, but a storm or two with dust is pretty normal for CO, right? I think there's been at least one storm with dust every year I've lived here.

As far as the reservoirs go, is a quick melt or a slow melt better?


"normal" is a relative term. We've had at least 4 dust events so far this winter. Before the decades long drought in the SW and the ever increasing disturbance of soil, it was very rare for CO to get any kind of dust. Now they've come with increasing frequency and seem to be getting worse every year.

for stream flows you want a consistent melt, reservoirs it won't matter as much since they just store the water. At the same time you don't want a flood situation from rapid melt either.

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