Good day fellow snow obsessed readers! Time to dust off the lap top, stretch the fingers, and start looking at the upcoming Winter forecast! Hard to believe after the last ski just ended at Squaw a couple weeks ago...
Looking at the snowfall totals through the last storm on June 12th, Squaw Valley ended up with 728 inches at High Camp. That is 162% of the seasonal average, and 82 inches short of the 10/11 season.
The ski resorts as a whole I show on my tracking at 163% of their seasonal averages if you average them all together. 10/11 season I had 166% of average. So another big snowfall season 6 years later!
Looking at the numbers sent over by the Central Sierra Snow Lab that sits 1,000 feet lower on Donner Summit, they reported a season total of 572 inches. The season actually goes through September for their water year tracking purposes. That is 140% of average snowfall for that elevation. We are trending back up the last 2 seasons!
Looking at the upcoming Winter it is still very early. We only start to look here in August at the Ocean surface temperatures and some of the long-term oscillations. The Ocean temps along the equator don't look much different than last season with ENSO neutral conditions and the forecast showing possible weak La Nina conditions again this Winter. Off the coast some colder water but warm North of Hawaii and up near the Aleutians. So maybe a similar Winter?
Plenty of time to look at that over the next few months. The first snow comes in September a lot of years. I hope you are as excited as I am to get going again?!!
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