Current Colorado Snowpack is Insanely Above Normal

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SNOTEL snowpack measurements showing 8,650% of average in Colorado yesterday.
SNOTEL snowpack measurements showing 8,650% of average in Colorado yesterday.

The current Colorado snowpack as measured by SNOTEL is off the charts.  One reading yesterday even came up with southwest Colorado having a snowpack 8,650% of normal…

Today, the SNOTEL graph left that 8,650% zone without a value so we can assume that was some sort of error.

Today's SNOTEL snowpack analysis excludes a value for that 8,650% zone.
Today’s SNOTEL snowpack analysis excludes a value for that 8,650% zone.

Nevertheless, north central Colorado is sporting a snowpack 585% of average and that’s hugely above average.  Central Colorado is at 323% of average, southwest Colorado is at 151% above average, and south central Colorado is at 233% above average.

Colorado just had it’s wettest May in 121 years of recording keeping.

If there was every a year to go out and ski Coloroado’s 54 14,000-foot peaks, it’s this year.

In contrast, the rest of the west out side of Colorado is hurting bad.  All of these zones should be displaying numbers somewhere around 100% of normal.  Instead, most of the west has almost no snowpack left right now.  All of California, Oregon, and Washington are at about 0% of average.


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5 thoughts on “Current Colorado Snowpack is Insanely Above Normal

  1. MT. Rainier looks like late July early August right now 🙁
    I pick a bad year to move to WA. With a STRONG El Niño (the Niño) predicted for 15/16…this suuuuuucks.

  2. VERY bizarre for a horrible ski season…it ALL came at the end mixed with warm temperatures in between.

  3. ….and California gets crispier by the day, returning to its deserty roots….ugh, my plants are looking bad, and some of them are natives or are from similar, dry climates.

  4. I’m gazing out my windows at the Oregon Cascades right now and from the look of the snowpack, you would think it was mid-August rather than early June. Scary.

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