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Re: More SNOW!

Postby fvhayden » Thu Jun 04, 2009 6:00 pm

There seems to be a huge disconnect between the reported snowpack percentages and reality. Today 9news said that snowpack levels were 20% of normal or lower. This doesn't square with the simple fact that I can look at Mt Evans and see that it has more snow than usual for this time of year.

Re: More SNOW!

Postby traderaaron » Thu Jun 04, 2009 6:41 pm

That disconnect you observe may be due to water content levels of the snow. A bit of new snow that freshens things up doesn't really do much for the actual snowpack and how much water content it may have left.

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Re: More SNOW!

Postby Jim Davies » Fri Jun 05, 2009 1:02 pm

Brad wrote:KOAA reported that on the news this morning and they also have a blurb on their website, under weather articles. There is a nice picture of Mile Marker 16 almost completely obstructed by snow.

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That looks to me like a few inches of new snow on top of two feet of old plowed-up crud.
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Re: More SNOW!

Postby pioletski » Fri Jun 05, 2009 1:22 pm

Two feet... two inches... I can attest that Pike's is in great shape and there's plenty of snow to play in - see Benners' TR from 6/4:
http://www.14ers.com/php14ers/tripreport.php?trip=6062&cpgm=tripmain
We were allowed to drive to about Mile 16. Later in the day the rangers were allowing people to park a bit higher; I would bet that the road will be open to the summit within a few days.
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Re: More SNOW!

Postby fletchersteel » Fri Jun 05, 2009 1:38 pm

It is open today. Not sure for how long, but quite a few people and cars.
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Forecast for tonight thru sunday is looking like a lot of very high winds.
http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=38.8407772667165&lon=-105.0457763671875&site=pub&smap=1&marine=0&unit=0&lg=en
By the way, Awesome trip report from Pikes. Great pics!
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Re: More SNOW!

Postby MountainMan88 » Fri Jun 05, 2009 4:48 pm

Ah, oh well I don't really care about Pikes Peak, I don't really like that mountain or plan on climbing it for a while. At least it didn't snow like that on some of the other mountains.

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Re: More SNOW!

Postby audiotom » Fri Jun 05, 2009 8:00 pm

Evans was pretty solid snow
high winds all night thursday
everthing west had a lot of new snow on it

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