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By October 23, 20214 Comments

California Drought

After the second driest water year on record for California, we are getting our first atmospheric river (AR) event in early October. I have mentioned in a previous blog that I consider the California drought to be over, based on what I am seeing with the overall weather pattern. This AR event will go a long way to jumpstarting the water year (Oct 1st).

Precipitation total as of Monday 11 PM

That is a lot of precipitation for California. Almost all of California will see at least an inch, and in some places, over a foot of rain. Mountain tops we’ll see 3 to 5 feet of snow. So this is definitely a great kick-off to the season.

Storm Snow Totals

Storm History

In the first cycle this storm hit way up in Canada and just brushed the Pacific Northwest. It tracked across northern Canada, similar to the predicted track for Monday. It was not an impressive storm, what’s really interesting though, is that you can see the elements for the Atmospheric River. I will file this one away for future set-ups.
The storm will repeat and is 1 of 3, maybe 4 main systems in this years pattern. This AR could repeat, and that would be huge.


Snowfall Totals

The Storm Train moves out of California Tuesday with stops in Utah and Colorado. With a big shout out to Idaho Resorts, Bogus Basin, Sun Valley, and Soldier Mountain that are in the Bullseye for the northern track.

I welcome your comments below, or feel free to email me at Mike@FutureSnow.CO.
Thanks for spending a few moments reading the blog. Mike

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