Wednesday, February 4, 2009

The Whole Story?

By now any one who reads this blog knows that I have this infatuation with following the amount of snow we get all winter. Well we have had two weeks of incredible spring like weather. Not only hasn't it snowed but it was in the 50's today! So what is that doing to the snowpack? The graph above is dated today and shows a basin wide 112% of the 30 year average...pretty good!

But, the lowest snotel reporting site is in the high 9,000 feet. I am curious what did the lower elevations look like back when the snotel network was set up? Could it be that when the upper basins were sitting at 100%, that the lower slopes had 3 feet of snow instead of the 3 inches we have now? Are we missing some data about water availability for next summer because we don't measure that lower stuff? It's time to hit the web sites and see what I can find out.

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