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Sunday April 20th 2014 9:58pm

Northwest snow season wrap up.

 

This will be the final NW Open Snow ski weather update from me, for the 2013-14 season. 

On this date (April 20) several NW areas remain open and several will stay open through May. If you want classic spring skiing in late April and May I favor Mt Baker, Crystal (weekends), Whistler and Bachelor. There is limited skiing at Whistler and Mt Hood - Timberline through summer. Call for details.

It was a strange snow year for the NW, with a slow start and near record low snowpack by Christmas continuing into early February.  The North Cascades (Mt Baker) of Washington and Whistler faired better, while Oregon was stuck on the edge of the California record drought. A large, persistent and unusually configured high pressure diverted the storm track elsewhere  - like the Rockies and points eastward. By mid February into mid March the storm track took aim at the NW and the Cascade snow machine really got cranking. By April 1, and many powder days later, the snowpack climbed back to near normal in the Cascades.

Next season an El Nino may develop and that tilts the odds toward a lower than normal snow season for 2014 -15. BUT the suppressing snowfall effect is not as dramatic for the NW, as most people believe. The “signal” is really not that strong, but a 5-15% decrease in snowfall could be seen. Remember, you never know what month the bulk of the snowfall will come – look at this year. El Nino effects tend to be focused between mid December and early February. 

 

See ya next fall when the snow flies again.

 

larry

 

Larry Schick

 

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Friday April 18th 2014 7:32am

Friday and the weekend ahead:

Expect partly sunny skies today after a lowering snow level this morning to 3000ft. There has been a little snow ( 0 to few inches) this morning with  the lowering snow level. It will be a great day on the slopes – I think I’ll go.

Saturday will see some dry weather early, then thickening clouds with precipitation near lunchtime. The snow level will be on the rise to 5000ft by Saturday night. The snow level drops to 3000ft by Sunday morning with 1-4” of new and some clearing on Sunday.

Sunday will be another fun day on the slopes, with partial clearing.

--larry

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Friday April 11th 2014 6:38am

I have high confidence, blue skies and spring sking will rule this weekend for the NW. High presure will build in to produce this sunny and warm weather pattern. Don't forget your shades and sunscreen.

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Monday April 7th 2014 6:38am

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Mostly sunny today - spring is here!

Little rain/snow mix late Tuesday

More sun late week

Inside Story

High pressure today will mean a spring day of skiing. It has been mild; so the snow may be a bit grabby, especially lower slopes. The dry weather will continue into early Tuesday. Late Tuesday into early Wednesday, a weak system will produce mainly rain lower slopes and a snow / rain mix upper slopes with a 6000ft SL. Then the weather will dry out again, with more sunshine and spring skiing later in the week, into the weekend.

Looking Ahead

Expect to ski in the sun by later Wednesday into the weekend with high pressure moving in. Sunscreen and sunglasses recommended. 

 

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Sunday April 6th 2014 7:57am

 

OpenSnow meteorlogical analysis od snow and weather

I am out the door to Crystal or Stevens...

There was a little new snow overnight. Onshore flow this morning is producing a few more showers, mainly before noon today.  A weakening (CZ) convergence zone is helping enhance snowfall at Stevens. (SL 4500ft)

There is low level moisture in the atmosphere making it cloudy on the slopes below 5,500, of course that is most of the Cascade ski slopes. Expect drying as the day unfolds with lifting of better visibility.  I am going and I got my standards, so it can’t be too bad – I  am concerned about the vis, early in the morning, but I just wanna go – the season end is not far away!

Monday will be dry and warm – full on spring skiing with groomers, I’d be lovin’ life, if I could go – but I gotta go back to work at the salt mines. Work so gets in the way of my fun lifestyle. But people need salt, so I toil away with the delusion am a productive member of the human race. I’d rather inspire people with fun, than provide salt. But the whippings the boss provides for a non-productive salt day are too much to endure and often negate my delutions. Yes, I am loyal employee who embraces the beatings, and dreams about the powder days. I can’t wait until next weekend.

Chance of a little snow Tue/Wed with a weak system (SL 4500ft, 1-4” new), then back to spring skiing late week as high pressure builds back in late in the week. 

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