Snowbird

Snowbird Ski Resort
Snowbird Snow Stake camera

The Trifecta is dumping precipitation across the west. Snowbird Utah is one of the early winners. Snowbird and Alta are a couple of resorts on my “Watch-list” for this season. Based on conditions, I pick out a few areas that I intend to visit.

California has been bone dry for quite some time. No rain, a lot of fires–just about 2.5 million acres burned in California alone. Not to mention the Lake Tahoe fire that charred a number of ski resorts. So this moisture is really needed.

This first map is the total precipitation for the water year, last year. If you look closely you can notice a typical La Nina pattern.

Total Rainfall for Calendar Year

You can see from the map where the rain fell. Compare the chart above to the water year prior below:

2020 Water Year

Now lets look at the moisture from the present storm system. Below are the last 3 days. This is an indication of the changing pattern for this winter. This storm, and a couple others, are going to fill in the gaps of previous years.

The next storm after the Trifecta is on its way, its a small wave that will hit the west coast Wednesday. A larger system will follow on the 19th. We will track these storms and keep you up to date. Thank you for spending a few moments reading the blog. As always if you have any questions please ask them in the comments section or shoot me an email to Mike@FutureSnow.CO.

Mike

Big Hit!

Well we got a big hit! We were thinking that the cycle will strengthen due to a weakening La Niña and it has come through strong. We had 2 predictions. Utah’s Alta, and all CO mountains. Alta 15” today with more on the way, second, we forecasted for all Colorado mountains.

Steamboat 20”

Vail 13”

Breck 8”

Beaver Creek 7”

Vail snowstake

The last time through on December 23, we had a huge ridge off the West Coast that did produce both in Utah and Colorado. This time through we have a more linear pattern with no rigging. This allowed more energy from the stronger jet that propagated down through the PNW. This pattern should continue in the next cycle. These next couple of pictures show the difference between where are the ridges in place, and the flow.

Last Cycle


Current Cycle

OK so let’s take a look at the next predictions.

February 18-22nd. Active week in the PNW Crystal Mountain

February 24-25 Alyeska Alaska

February 25th PNW Crystal Mountain

February 27th Colorado Mountains

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