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Old 05-04-2012, 12:12 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Holy crap - snowpack (or lack thereof)

I was just watching Channel 4 news and they had a piece stating that statewide snowpack levels are at 22% of average for this time of year and over half of all snowtel location are reporting NO SNOW.

Wow. I knew the snowpack sucked, but I didn't realize it was quite THAT bad.
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Um yeah we're fucked for this summer it's going to be hot in the mountains. I'm fully prepared to evacuate should there be a forest fire.
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Old 05-04-2012, 12:21 AM   #3 (permalink)
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No shit. There's been a fire ban in JeffCo for months now. With all the standing dead timber in Summit/Eagle, if a good fire got going, they couldn't do a damn thing about it. It'd be Yellowstone all over again.
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Sorry to say, but we're at 120% of normal
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Get used to it, just wrote a research paper on shifts in snowpack during the last 50 years and projected into the next 50 years. Gonna be more rain and less snow on average unfortunately, SWE (Snow-Water-Equivalent) is supposed to drop by between 12% - 80% depending on the location in the West.

We will still obviously get surplus years though. Fire is definitely going to be scary at the lower elevations this year
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Its a good year to be a firefighter.....$
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Its a good year to be a firefighter.....$
If Summit/Eagle gets going good, there won't be any firefighting going on, just a whole lotta running like hell
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firefighters get paid!?!?!
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PNW is under flood watch until August!
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Last year we were over 160% of average at this time in spots. As far as more rain goes, bring it. In Colorado during the winter that just equals snow. I know the PNW, coastal states are affected by it, but the high altitudes here pretty much guarantee snow. Maybe wet, heavy snow, but it's still snow.

I read that Independence Pass is opening this weekend, due to the low snow totals. It usually opens the Thursday before Memorial day. Last year it was the weekend after due to all the snow. It took the road crews that long to plow the road. This year the snow pack is at 0% of average. Which begs the question, why do they have to wait until this weekend to get the road open?
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