NASA: 2016-17 Sierra Nevada Snowpack Is Deeper Than Previous 4 Seasons Combined!

Written by on April 20, 2017 in Spring 2017, United States of America with 0 Comments

According to NASA, the snowpack this year in the Tuolumne River Basin which is park of Yosemite National Park is deeper than the previous 4 seasons combined.

How much water is locked within the snowpack? For some spots it’s over 100 inches. Statewide the average is 47 inches.

The Sierra snowpack is near record levels and double 2016 and 21 times the volume of 2015 which was the lowest on record. Amazingly the combined snow water content between 2013 and 2016 is only 92% of this year alone.

While no site has approached the state record of 884 inches for a season( Tamarack in 1906-07), Sugar Bowl Resort has received 782 inches and may scrape 800 inches before the storms finally quit. Mt Rose Ski Area has seen 761 inches and Squaw Valley’s 705 inches is their second greatest amount only to 2010-11’s 805 inches.

Back in 2004-05, Kirkwood Ski Resort was top of the list when they received 804 inches while this year their well down the list and not yet reached 700 inches.

In terms of snow depth, at it’s peak, Leavitt Lake measured 240 inches but in historic perspective, while impressive, it’s a far cry from the 451 inches measured at Tamarack.

Check this scene out from Sugar Bowl.


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