California’s record-breaking snowfalls continue : so much it’s hard to measure

Posted: February 24, 2017 by oldbrew in Natural Variation, weather

There’s going to be a lot of meltwater sometime.

The snow amounts in California’s Sierra Nevada mountain range this winter are difficult to wrap your head around, reports In many cases topping 500 inches, they are some of the highest totals in memory.

At the Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows resort, seven feet fell in just the past week. The snow is so high that it buried chairlifts and ski patrol shacks.

The resort has received 565 inches (47 feet) this season, including a 45-year record of 282 inches in January. On Thursday, it announced that its ski area would remain open through July 4.

Since 1962, it will mark just the fourth instance of Independence Day skiing (the other years were 1998, 1999, and 2011), according to a resort spokesperson.

Other ski areas in the Sierra Nevada also have seen mind-boggling amounts of snow (totals via
636 inches at the Mount Rose ski area in Nevada.
584 inches at Boreal Mountain.
556 inches at Kirkwood, including 80 inches this week.
544 inches at Heavenly, including 81 inches this week.
534 inches at Northstar, including 84 inches this week (61 inches in 48 hours).
510 inches at Mammoth.

The prolific snowfall has resulted from phenomena known as atmospheric rivers, which are essentially rivers in the sky that carry vast amounts of moisture. Like a fire hose, they have bombarded central and northern California, repeatedly.

“We usually see three or four atmospheric rivers in a season,” Scott McGuire, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Reno, told the San Francisco Chronicle. “We’ve already had 10. We’ve had so much snow to the point where it’s getting hard to measure.”

California’s Natural Resources Agency said Wednesday that the water contained in the state’s snowpack is 188 percent of normal.

The report continues here.

  1. Climatism says:

    Reblogged this on Climatism and commented:
    Record-breaking snow – the exact opposite of what these climate experts promised us:
    BoM (David Jones)
    CRU (Dr David Viner)
    IPCC (2001 report)
    NYTimes (2014)
    The Age
    Sydney Morning Herald
    ABC News

  2. Alexios Komnenos says:

    Tony Abbott is to blame for this. He will be banned from entering California as his climate rationalist policies are not welcome there.

  3. vuurklip says:

    Thanks to global warming, we still know what snow is.

  4. oldbrew says:

    Report: In recent weeks, California has experienced unusually heavy rainfall. California is also earthquake-prone, hosting the great San Andreas fault zone.

    If there is an unusual surge of earthquakes in the near future – allowing time for the rain to percolate deep into faults – California may well become an interesting laboratory to study possible connections between weather and earthquakes. The effect is likely to be subtle and will require sophisticated computer modeling and statistical analysis.

    Read more at:

  5. hunter says:

    Wow. I was at Squaw Valley in 2014 for a lovely July visit. The memorial to the tragic Dinner family, where 20′ snows trapped pioneers in a snowy winter was impressive and somber. I wonder what 40’+ snows would be like.

  6. Bitter&twisted says:

    “Kids just aren’t going to know what snow looks like” “Dr” D Viner (UEA).
    Not if they are buried in 47 feet of the stuff and can’t see their hands in front of their faces, they won’t.

  7. ivan says:

    It is almost as if the weather has it in for the greens in California and their stupid obsession CO2 being bad for the world.

  8. oldbrew says:

    The CA lake the storms forgot – Santa Barbara has had to revive a “mothballed” desalination plant.

  9. oldbrew says:

    ‘After years of extreme drought, Southern California is now completely free of the worst conditions following recent rains that brought flooding, according to the latest U.S. Drought Monitor.’