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Record Snowfall in the Western United States

Thu Dec 30, 2021 2:27 am

On Monday, a weather system brought frigid temperatures to the Pacific Northwest, record snowfall in the Sierra Nevada Mountains in California, and unseasonably warm weather to the Southeast and Texas. In Washington State, Bellingham and Seattle saw record cold temperatures. Blowing snow in the mountains of Northern California and Nevada shut down highways and the Donner Pass in the mountains of California saw it's snowiest December on record. A ski resort in Lake Tahoe was also shut down. This shows you just how crazy the weather can get.
https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.cbsnew ... stern-u-s/
 
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Re: Record Snowfall in the Western United States

Thu Dec 30, 2021 2:38 am

Oregon had snow on the ocean beaches. It lasted about five minutes but still...
 
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Re: Record Snowfall in the Western United States

Thu Dec 30, 2021 3:12 am

Hopefully this helps the reservoirs back up a little bit.
 
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Re: Record Snowfall in the Western United States

Thu Dec 30, 2021 8:24 am

Newark727 wrote:
Hopefully this helps the reservoirs back up a little bit.


I sure hope so.
 
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Re: Record Snowfall in the Western United States

Thu Dec 30, 2021 12:18 pm

I-80 was closed in the higher elevations of California and 100's got into trouble attempting to use alternate routes from their GPS's and Waze programs.
https://news.yahoo.com/hundreds-drivers ... 09v12-9SxF
 
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Re: Record Snowfall in the Western United States

Thu Dec 30, 2021 2:29 pm

Newark727 wrote:
Hopefully this helps the reservoirs back up a little bit.

It's still not enough. In order to fill the reservoirs, you essentially need to make up from previous precipitation deficits and there are concerns about whether this is the last major storm of the season (if that's the case, then you only made a dent in the drought but not enough to reverse it).

The 2017 winter, when the Oroville Dam almost overflowed, was such a season. It essentially rid CA from drought. That packed the Sierra Nevada with snow but liquid water also filled up many of the lakes which is why CA was able to go for about 2-3 years before critical drought conditions returned.
 
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Re: Record Snowfall in the Western United States

Thu Dec 30, 2021 2:42 pm

einsteinboricua wrote:
Newark727 wrote:
Hopefully this helps the reservoirs back up a little bit.

It's still not enough. In order to fill the reservoirs, you essentially need to make up from previous precipitation deficits and there are concerns about whether this is the last major storm of the season (if that's the case, then you only made a dent in the drought but not enough to reverse it).

The 2017 winter, when the Oroville Dam almost overflowed, was such a season. It essentially rid CA from drought. That packed the Sierra Nevada with snow but liquid water also filled up many of the lakes which is why CA was able to go for about 2-3 years before critical drought conditions returned.

January and February are typically the wettest months for California. Who is expressing the concern that this is the last major storm of the season?
https://www.bing.com/search?q=predicted ... ORM=CHROMN

When I look at the weather prediction for January, it is a typically wet month (I set for central California, adjust as you see fit). If you click over to February, the current prediction is a large storm about mid-month. There is a pattern of weather in the Western USA and this is the first month of a 3 month rainy season. I'm curious who is counter-predicting? El Nina has set in and that is always a wet year until you go further south and East where La Nina can dry out some more areas (e.g., Arizona in 2nd link):
https://www.weathertab.com/en/c/2022/01 ... a/central/
https://www.kgun9.com/news/local-news/l ... er-weather

So we need to pick what areas might have drought. The mountain states should see the historical high snowfall. NOAA has a good map of the wetter/drier areas typical with La Nina:
https://www.climate.gov/news-features/b ... 1a-winters

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Re: Record Snowfall in the Western United States

Fri Dec 31, 2021 12:49 am

For now the Rocky mountains seem to be following the snowpack trend of 2017, so fingers crossed it carries on that way.
 
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Re: Record Snowfall in the Western United States

Fri Dec 31, 2021 2:13 am

jetwet1 wrote:
For now the Rocky mountains seem to be following the snowpack trend of 2017, so fingers crossed it carries on that way.

Western Colorado needs epic record snow.
 
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Re: Record Snowfall in the Western United States

Fri Dec 31, 2021 3:25 am

dc10lover wrote:
jetwet1 wrote:
For now the Rocky mountains seem to be following the snowpack trend of 2017, so fingers crossed it carries on that way.

Western Colorado needs epic record snow.


The front range too, but it’s already too late.
 
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Re: Record Snowfall in the Western United States

Fri Dec 31, 2021 6:08 am

The brutal snow winds screaming across around Christmas in Wyoming was terrifying to watch.

Begins at 7:24

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XM48klZSjb8

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