El Nino has been ravaging California since December with storms nearly every other day. Now, El Nino has decided to take a well deserved break.
The coming days are going to be dry and hot with temps up to 10-15º above normal.
FOR SATURDAY, WE ARE EXPECTING TEMPERATURES TO JUMP SEVERAL DEGREES HIGHER (PUSHING ABOVE 50 DEGREES IN MANY LOCATIONS) AS WEAKER INVERSION CONDITIONS PREVAIL WITH MODERATE WEST-NORTHWEST FLOW ALOFT AND LESS CLOUD COVER. - NOAA Reno, NV today
Highs will be in the 50s in Lake Tahoe next week. Expect spring skiing in February in California next week.
LARGE RIDGE OF HIGH PRESSURE DEVELOPING ALONG THE WEST COAST THIS WEEKEND THROUGH MUCH OF NEXT WEEK. HUGE AREA OF 99+ PERCENTILE 500 MB HEIGHTS! THIS WILL BLOCK BIG PRECIP PRODUCING STORMS FROM OUR REGION. TEMPERATURES ALOFT/MOUNTAINS WILL WARM STEADILY EACH DAY. - NOAA Reno, NV today
“After a January with well above normal precipitation, It appears the first portion of February will be mainly dry. High pressure building over the west coast will bring fair skies and well above normal temperatures over the next 7 to 10 days. The only real threat of precipitation looks like Friday night over the far north state as a weak weather system rides over the west coast ridge and into the Pacific Northwest. Near record high temperatures will be possible.” – NOAA Sacramento, CA today
The damage has already been done at California ski resorts with 5 ski resorts having received over 300″ of snowfall this winter already and Sugar Bowl having the 3rd largest snowfall total in North America and the Sierra Nevada sporting 114% of average snowpack.
California lakes and reservoirs are also doing great with Lake Tahoe only 11″ below its natural rim and Folsom Lake near it’s legal capacity.
Rest well, El Nino. We’ll be here and ready for you when you get back.
TOP 5 CALIFORNIA SKI RESORT SNOWFALL TOTALS:
#1 = Sugar Bowl = 363″
#2 = Boreal = 317.5″
#3 = Sierra-at-Tahoe = 313″
#4 = Northstar = 308″
#5 = Kirkwood = 304″
CALIFORNIA SNOWPACK UPDATE as of FEB 2ND, 2016:
120% of average in Northern Sierra
116% of average in Centra Sierra (Tahoe/Mammoth)
106% of average in Southern Sierra
114% of average Statewide