NOAA: Storm Door to Re-Open for California Next Week

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image:  noaa, today.
image: noaa, today.

NOAA is reporting that the storm door in California that has been shut since February 1st may re-open again on Wednesday or Thrusday next week.

“While warm spring-like weather is expected to continue for the Presidents’ Day Weekend through next Tuesday, confidence is starting to increase for a storm system to reach the Sierra and western Nevada by next Wednesday and Thursday. The image depicts a preliminary model forecast for precipitation for next Wednesday night, with the heavier precipitation potential shaded in blue. This storm could still vary in track, timing and intensity, so keep posted to the latest forecast information. If you are planning travel over the Sierra next Wednesday or Thursday, be aware of possible winter conditions and traffic delays.” – NOAA, today

image:  noaa, today
image: noaa, today

This is great news as many Californian’s were starting to freak out.  After 4 high and dry winters via big high pressure ridges blocking anything from coming into CA, the current high pressure ridge and record heat has been frightening to say the least.

Hopefully NOAA will have more details in the coming days.

image:  noaa, today
image: noaa, today

In the mean time, enjoy the sun and lets keep our fingers crossed for next week.

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.

 

CA snowpack numbers looking damn good right now!
CA snowpack numbers looking damn good right now!

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"A frequent question we've been hearing lately: "Is it unusual to go through a dry spell during an El Niño winter?" As it turns out, it's not unusual at all! Most of the prior strong El Niño winters have had substantial dry stretches. These values were taken at Sacramento." - NOAA, today
“A frequent question we’ve been hearing lately: “Is it unusual to go through a dry spell during an El Niño winter?”
As it turns out, it’s not unusual at all! Most of the prior strong El Niño winters have had substantial dry stretches. These values were taken at Sacramento.” – NOAA, today
"El Nino is not a storm system, but rather the above average sea surface temperatures in the eastern Pacific Ocean. Though we have a ridge of high pressure in control of our weather this week, we can still see clearly see the above average sea surface temperatures in the latest sea surface temperature anomaly map. Remember: weather ≠ climate." - NOAA, today
“El Nino is not a storm system, but rather the above average sea surface temperatures in the eastern Pacific Ocean. Though we have a ridge of high pressure in control of our weather this week, we can still see clearly see the above average sea surface temperatures in the latest sea surface temperature anomaly map. Remember: weather ≠ climate.” – NOAA, today
image:  noaa, today
image: noaa, today
Season precipitation is above average in the Sierra Nevada as of
Season precipitation is above average in the Sierra Nevada as of
"What a difference a year makes! This year, we have much more snow coverage than last year. The top image shows what little coverage we had towards the beginning of February while the bottom shows this year's snow coverage. The Tonopah Low really dumped snow across much of the region including areas in South-Central Nevada." - noaa, feb 5th
“What a difference a year makes! This year, we have much more snow coverage than last year. The top image shows what little coverage we had towards the beginning of February while the bottom shows this year’s snow coverage. The Tonopah Low really dumped snow across much of the region including areas in South-Central Nevada.” – noaa, feb 5th
Snowpack right around average in UT right now.  image:  nws, today
Snowpack right around average in UT right now. image: nws, today

 


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