Thursday, May 31, 2012

It's Over

I've been on the road so much lately that I missed an important snow-cover lowlight.  The snowpack SWE at the Snowbird SNOTEL has now officially bottomed out, bringing a pathetically early end to the snow-cover duration at that site.

In the graph above, you can compare this year to last year.  There's about a 5-6 week difference, depending on which minimum you use for the end of snow-cover duration during 2011/12.

Most of the SNOTEL sites in the southwest are now snow free.  The sites with white squares and nearly all of the red squares below have no remaining snow cover.

Those hoping to do turns-all-year will be road tripping to the Pac Northwest or working hard to find scraps in Utah and environs this summer.

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