Record-Breaking Dry January and February Has Decimated Western Snowpack

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Jan 2022 left, Mar 2022 right. Credit: NWS

At the turn of the year, the snowpack across the west was healthy. We were sitting pretty and reveling in the awesome end to December we’d just had and stoked for the season ahead. In almost every state, the snowpack was above average for that time of year, and in some areas, California for example, it was double what it normally was.

Fast forward two months, and it’s a totally different picture. Record-breaking dry spells and warm temperatures have had a significant impact on the snowpack. Only a handful of mountain ranges have an average snowpack, with most in the 70-90% range.

March and April can typically be some of the snowiest months, so all hope is not lost, although the forecast doesn’t look greatWhat we’d give for a #MiracleMarch now, right?

% of average precipitation for February. The east is where it’s at! Credit: NWS

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