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Re: Where is the SNOW!!!

Postby mtnfiend » Thu May 16, 2013 1:30 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 1:42 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 2:54 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 4:56 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 6:23 pm

I'm guessing Breck has gotten at least 20" so far - and still coming down
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Re: Where is the SNOW!!!

Postby MatB » Thu Jan 30, 2014 6:35 pm

@JT

Whats wrong, there isn't enough slope at Mad River to enjoy the fresh pow.

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Re: Where is the SNOW!!!

Postby SkaredShtles » Thu Jan 30, 2014 6:48 pm

Winter Park is going to have 3 feet by the end of this...

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Re: Where is the SNOW!!!

Postby ajkagy » Thu Jan 30, 2014 7:50 pm

SkaredShtles wrote:Winter Park is going to have 3 feet by the end of this...



I70 snow going to slow down a lot tonight/tomorrow, i'd be surprised if they got that much
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Re: Where is the SNOW!!!

Postby rijaca » Thu Jan 30, 2014 7:53 pm

ajkagy wrote:
SkaredShtles wrote:Winter Park is going to have 3 feet by the end of this...



I70 snow going to slow down a lot tonight/tomorrow, i'd be surprised if they got that much


CDOT is closing Berthoud Pass at 8 pm tonight.
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Re: Where is the SNOW!!!

Postby ajkagy » Thu Jan 30, 2014 8:02 pm

rijaca wrote:
ajkagy wrote:
SkaredShtles wrote:Winter Park is going to have 3 feet by the end of this...



I70 snow going to slow down a lot tonight/tomorrow, i'd be surprised if they got that much


CDOT is closing Berthoud Pass at 8 pm tonight.


via opensnow: "The heaviest snow will shift south of the I-70 corridor by late Thursday night or Friday morning, but heavy snow will continue for the central mountains through Friday. "

I imagine they'll need to do some control work with the wind hence the closure.
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Re: Where is the SNOW!!!

Postby BillMiddlebrook » Thu Jan 30, 2014 8:30 pm

This is turning out to be quite the storm! Nearly 20" at the house so far.
Tomorrow: Wake up early, plow the driveway, shovel the deck and go snort powder for a few hours. :-D
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Re: Where is the SNOW!!!

Postby SkaredShtles » Thu Jan 30, 2014 8:58 pm

BillMiddlebrook wrote:This is turning out to be quite the storm! Nearly 20" at the house so far.
Tomorrow: Wake up early, plow the driveway, shovel the deck and go snort powder for a few hours. :-D

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