Thursday, May 12, 2011

Snowpack at 196%

10" new over the last 48 hours. The snowpack for the North Fork of the Snake River Basin is 196% of the long term average for May 11. Heavy snowfall and a delayed start to runoff have led to the deep, late season pack. Year to date precipitation is 137% of normal. These numbers come from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. They maintain a series of SNOTEL weather sites throughout the Western US. The "Grizzly SNOTEL" site is very close to A-Basin and can be used to gather snowpack and precipitation information for our immediate vicinity. To find this info Google SNOTEL and start surfing. All kinds of info for you snow nerds. When I say snowpack, I am referring to "Snow Water Equivalent" (SWE) which is the amount of water within the snowpack on the ground. Enjoy today's photos and it is still snowing.