FEB 19 Update : Head North to Montana see below
- Conditions improving with more snow on the way. Big Sky.
- Colder week in CA, serious drought continues through FEB.
- watch San Francisco for weather changes.
Long term climate story : Facing the effects of climate change, skiers want to save their snow — and their sport. https://www.washingtonpost.com/travel/2022/02/10/ski-resorts-climate-change/
The data is telling: Climate change is threatening the ski industry. The 2022 Beijing Winter Games are the first Olympics to use nearly 100 percent artificial snow, and domestic ski resorts from Maine to California are reporting shorter ski seasons and lower snow levels. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the April snowpack in Western states declined at 86 percent of the sites measured between 1955 and 2020.
La Nina Conditions in transition but more snow drought?
Howard Sheckter says dry pattern to continue.He looks for climate changes by Mid Feb. Update-1 2/11 now says end of February for wetter pattern.
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Drought to maintain grip on western US
The back-and-forth weather pattern along the West Coast this winter will persist into the spring, including the potential for late-season storms across California.
The winter started off strong for the drought-stricken West Coast with waves of storms unloading widespread rain and yards of mountain snow across Washington, Oregon and California. This pattern broke in January, raising concerns once again about whether the drought would worsen before conditions improve.
The stormy pattern is projected to resume later in February and into March, according to Pastelok, delivering much-needed precipitation to the region. However, this will not be a drought-ending scenario that many are hoping for, especially if the storms take a more northerly track. This would direct the storms into the Pacific Northwest and away from Southern California and the interior Southwest.
“There’s still an opportunity for a little bit of extra rain through April to contribute more to water reservoirs for the late spring and summer,” Pastelok said.
As of Jan. 27, 2022, 21% of the western U.S. was experiencing extreme drought and 4% of the region was under exceptional drought, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. This is a reduction from one year prior when more than 46% of the region was experiencing an extreme drought and 24% was under exceptional drought.
Despite this improvement, most of the region is still experiencing long-term drought hardships.
The worst of the drought conditions through the spring is projected to focus on the Great Basin, Four Corners and into the High Plains. This means that conditions could get worse before they get better, including the water tables that feed into Lake Mead, which in 2021 hit its lowest level since the construction of the Hoover DamTop Articlesby AccuWeatherREAD MOREBatsirai delivers 2nd devastating blow in as many weeksto vulnerable