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Tue Feb 6, 2018, 12:53 PM

Utah Lowest Snowpack in 30 Years

There is no snow on the ground in Salt Lake, zero. My friends haven't shovelled snow this year.

Their son ripped his leg open on a rock while snowboarding, it is that bad at the ski resorts.

But, hey there are hundreds of new housing developments springing up every month. I worry about my Utah friends.


https://www.sltrib.com/news/2017/12/26/utah-snowpack-lowest-in-30-years-in-many-mountain-locations/

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triron Feb 2018 #1
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Response to OhNo-Really (Original post)

Tue Feb 6, 2018, 01:01 PM

1. yeah, well nearly no snowpack in NM

I have never seen it this dry around here (virtually no snow in Sandia and Manzano mtns near Albuquerque).

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Response to OhNo-Really (Original post)

Tue Feb 6, 2018, 02:00 PM

2. Utah skiing

Loved to ski in Utah and for many years, did so. I stopped because the air pollution in Park City was sooooo bad. At the top of the peak at around 11,000 Feet, the air was clean but looking down the mountain was a brown haze covering everything. It was hard to breathe. So, we stopped going to Utah. No snow is bad too, sorry.

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Response to OhNo-Really (Original post)

Tue Feb 6, 2018, 02:09 PM

3. They're blaming La Nina here in the 4C.

One of the major dictators of weather in Southwest Colorado turns out to be surface water temperatures in the eastern-central Pacific Ocean that come in cycles known as the “El Niño-Southern Oscillation climate pattern.”

When surface water temperatures are warmer than normal, that kicks of an El Niño year, which can bring wetter-than-average conditions to the Southwestern U.S., depending on the strength of the El Niño, as well as other factors.

Yet El Niño’s seemingly evil counterpart – La Niña – occurs when surface water temperatures in the Pacific Ocean are colder than normal by about 3 to 5 degrees, Cuoco said.

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As of Sunday, Southwest Colorado’s snowpack is at 34 percent of normal averages, while the Colorado, North and South Platte, and Yampa river basins are experiencing upwards of 75 percent of normal snowpack.

https://the-journal.com/articles/83934-la-nia-isnt-going-anywhere-anytime-soon


We got a dusting this morning, but it's already melted. Snow up on the sides of the mesa and bare ground down in the valley.

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