“How will the warm weather this week affect the snow pack? The main impact to high elevation snow will be to make it denser, with little change to the amount of water contained within.” – NOAA Sacramento, CA today
Thanks for the heads up, NOAA.
Record heat and sunny skies are forecast in California through at least February 16th due to a blocking high pressure ridge that has set up over California.
“El Nada” has returned to California…
But don’t worry, NOAA says that El Nino usually comes with a dry spell.
The good news is that back in 2010/11, during the ferocious La Nina that dropped record snow in Tahoe including 811″ at Squaw Valley, USA, California experienced 6 weeks of no snow at all from Jan. 1st – Feb. 15th.
Other good news is that NOAA thinks the snowpack will hold up fine.
“Don’t worry about the snowpack though! Most of it will still be there when temperatures trend back colder toward the middle/latter half of the month. Warm periods like this one are not that unusual for the Sierra and Great Basin” – NOAA Reno, NV on Feb. 6th
Hopefully, we’re just in a bit of a holding pattern before El Nino comes back and unleashes fury on CA!
Fortunately, the CA snowpack was measured at 114% of average on February 2nd and 5 CA ski resorts have seen over 300″ of snowfall this winter and Lake Tahoe has risen 8″ and Lake Folsom is nearly at legal capacity.