Sunny skies and warmer temperatures up high for the rest of this week. Inversions forming in the valleys with the air becoming increasingly hazy through the week.
Yesterday was beautiful and clear with fresh snow. Great skiing was had just about everywhere in Northern Utah. Now it’s time for us to return to Ridge City. Eastern Pacific ridge is building and will progress inland directly over the Great Basin for the next several days. Leading to strong inversions and very warm temps once you get above the inversion.
GFS keeps the ridge right overhead for the next 10 days. The EC retrogrades it back to the west coast early next week, which would allow a very weak disturbance to clip the area for some clouds and breezes. You have to look to the very end of the EC control run to find any hope. EC and CFS both have the ridge breaking down at the very end of the month, but at this point I put very little trust in any model outside 10 days.
So what did this last storm cycle do for our snowpack? Here is the Snowbird graphical view:
The answer is that it helped, but it’s not enough. Currently we are ahead of 2012 but behind last year. However, after this upcoming dry spell, we’ll likely be behind both years.
Here is a look at the western US snowpack:
Things stand about the same, although we’ve improved our numbers a bit. Southern Utah, which used to be well above average, has fallen behind normal as they didn’t see the benefits of this last cycle and have gone almost a month since their last decent snow. The far northern Wasatch is above 90% — so not doing so badly. This is a big difference from the last two years where the Northern Wasatch was well behind areas of the Central Wasatch.
Looking west toward the Sierra Nevada should make us all be thankful that we have what we do. It could be a lot worse.