Sunday, April 1, 2012

April Fools

April 1 has arrived.  There's only 93 inches on the gound at Alta-Collins, little snow in Little Cottonwood Canyon below Snowbird, and the leaves are coming out on the trees in the lower canyon.  April Fools!!!

But wait, that's no joke.  It's all true!  It only seems like a cruel joke.  It could be worse.  You could live in Colorado.  The 325 inches recorded this year by Alta is an average or better than average year at most Colorado resorts.  I always wondered why my friends in Colorado come to ski in Utah so much.  Now I know.

Speaking of April Fools, the front is through and precipitation is finally moving in.

1439 UTC (839 MDT) surface map and radar image
After hitting an all-time March record temperature of 80 yesterday, which also beat the earliest 80 of the year by 6 days, we will surely all feel like fools today.


  1. I'm curious as to whether this season will go down as the lowest total snowfall for the ski areas since they've been recording totals. The lowest i saw for Alta before this was 380 for a season. Looks like it may be a struggle for them to hit that. I have some friends that were in Keystone Colorado that has had something like 120 in. for the season. Apparently, it wasn't good.

    1. This is a difficult question to answer because observing sites have moved and records are often incomplete. I suspect, however, that the answer is no. Snowfall at the Alta coop station in 1976-77 was only 280 inches, although there are three days of missing data in January. Bottom line: it can be worse.

      Keystone doesn't get much snow, even in a good year!