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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