Comparing 2014 And 2017 Snowpack In The Sierra Is Night & Day.

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Comparing 2014 And 2017 Snowpack In The Sierra Is Night & Day.

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Comparing 2014 And 2017 Snowpack In The Sierra Is Night & Day.

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The west is boasting a healthy snowpack | Image: USDA | Cover Image: Tom Niziol

Looking at the snow fall on webcams from Squaw to Mammoth, it’s hard to imagine that some Sierra ski areas had to virtually cancel ski season due to low snowfall and high temps back in 2014.

Related: Mammoth Mountain Is Enjoying The Snowiest January in its HISTORY!

Thankfully, that’s not the case this year as The Sierra is holding approximately 194% of its Snow Water Equivalent for this time of year. This time in 2014, the central and southern Sierra were holding a measly 17% average SWE for the same date. WOOF!

This year, the southern Sierra is leading the charge with 196% of its average SWE and it’s only getting better as a winter storm is currently impacting the region in question.

“All Snotel basins in the Sierras are now reporting 190-200% of normal snow water equivalent.” – Colorado State University Tropical Meteorology Project

Other ranges rocking a powder surplus include the Wasatch (190%)Uintas (196%), San Juans (166%), Tetons (140%), and Sawtooth Mountains of Idaho (140%). The losers are a small bunch but they include the mountains of Northern Montana (88%) and the Bighorn Mountains of Wyoming (82-105%).

*Everybody else in the Western USA should be plenty happy. 

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