There are actually three SNOTEL stations in or near City Creek Canyon allowing us to get some idea about how this year compares to others. The lowest is the Louis Meadow SNOTEL (6700 feet). There must be a few patches of snow remaining in the lower canyon that can't be seen in the photo above as it is still registering a couple of inches of snow water equivalent (blue line). This is about the equivalent of the median snowpack (red line) in late April.
The Hardscrabble SNOTEL is at 7250 feet behind Grandview Peak in this photo. It too is running perhaps a month (or a bit more) ahead of median.
Finally, the Lookout Peak SNOTEL (8200 feet) hasn't yet begun to experience significant snowpack loss yet, but the equivalent median is in mid May.
SNOTEL stations tend to be located in sheltered areas that retain their snowcover better than the south aspects viewed in the photo above. Nevertheless, one gets some idea of the unusual nature of this spring...not that any of you who live in northern Utah are surprised!
One thing that really got my attention today was emergence and and breaking of buds on the scrub oak.
Enjoy the nice weather the next couple of days. Colder weather looks to be on the way midweek.