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Thunderstorms
climbing the
East Sierra
over
Forsyth Peak

Sitting above the Pacific Crest & Tahoe to Yosemite Trails at the Top of Jack Main Canyon in the North Yosemite Backcountry

East Carson River just below PCT under April Snow.
A glimpse at Forsyth Peak in the very Northwest corner of Yosemite National Park under the soft but fierce pastel clouds of a thunderstorm dying as sunset approaches.

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May 2019

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Last Spring Snow Trips?
Once the Spring Thaw gets going the rivers and creeks will rage, making fording very dangerous.

REPORT

 

 

Spring Gear

Time to begin stashing the full Winter Gear. We can start lightening up the gear depending on weather.

 

 

PCT-TYT-JMT
HIKERS

Time to Carefully Monitor
Travel & Fording
Conditions

 

 

 

SPRING THAW

RIVER INFORMATION

RESERVOIRS

HAZARDS

 

Tracking
SPRING THAW 2019

 

All Snow Information

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

30 APRIL

Clear, Warm
Bit Breezy, Nice

 

Transition
Spring Gear Kit

 


 

Lightening Hazard
Predictions & Forecasts

 

 

 

 

 

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Seven Day
Freezing Temperature Probability

 

 

SPRING THAW

RIVER INFORMATION

RESERVOIRS

HAZARDS

 

 

 

 

2018
ROAD NEWS
June Lake Loop Closed

 

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1

Clear, Warm
Bit Breezy, Nice

May Day
May Day Note

 

2019
Current Snowpack:
Percent of Average for
May 1.

N Sierra: 144%
=0% in 2 days

Cen. Sierra: 147%
+2% in 2 days

S Sierra: 139%
-1% in 2 days

Ca State: 143%
=0% in 2 days

Last Reading
April 29

Next Reading
May 6

Statewide Summary of Snow Water Content PDF

Cal Coop Snow Survey

2017 Readings
April 1

April 20

May 2

 

 

2018
Snowpack

Percent of Average for
May 1
+/- change since
April 29

Ca State: 27%
(-10%)

 

 

2019
MAY 1
HIGH SIERRA

11th
--Spring--
Temp-Snow Check

Last Report:
April 28, 2019

Next Report:
May 7, 2019

Let's check our reporting station snow & temp readings after the last 2 nice, warm, & breezy days but still cooler days. under the persistent High that's built in.

Click the stations below for their latest reports.

Below: Watershed Snow Water Content Charts followed by individual reporting station's Snow Depth and 24 hour high-low temps.

A NEW WATER YEAR:
LAST YEAR
Total Precipitation

58 % of Average

A NEW WATER YEAR: Reservoirs

The Thaw: It's Coming

N Sierra Reporting Stations On a Map
Scroll over stations for snow & temps. Click for
full report.
South Sierra Stations

"+/- & ="
below are changes since last reading.

Tahoe Basin
Watershed

Southwest Tahoe
Trail Map with Stations

PCT-TYT-TRT
Rubicon
73" -4
7618 feet
Trail Map
(45.80 H2O) =0.0
45 & 29 −/−

PCT-TYT-TRT
Echo Peak

85"
-6"
7652 feet
Stations Map
(63.30 H2O) +0.2
45 & 28 −/−

American-Yuba Watersheds

PCT-TYT
Carson Pass
74" -5
8388 feet
Trail Map
Stations Map
(44.90" H2O) =0.0
47 & 25 −/−

Carson-Walker
Watershed
s

PCT-TYT
Ebbetts Pass
88"
-6
8660 feet
Trail Map
(60.30 H2O) =0.0
46 & 21 −/−

EAST FLANK
Leavitt Lake

171"
-4
9602 feet, East Flank
Trail Map
(63.60 H20) =0.0
41 & 20 −/−

EAST FLANK
Marine Base
Cold Weather Training

6748 feet East Flank
Trail Map Above
FULL REPORT
VIS-CHIL-WEA-MB-
WIND
68 & 38 −/+

Mokelumne-Stanislaus Watersheds

PCT-TYT
Sonora Pass

Kennedy Meadows
RESUPPLY
Deadman Creek

31.76" −1.8
9250 feet,West Flank,
Trail Map
(27.19" H20) -0.06"
43 & 19 −/−

Tuolumne-Merced
Watersheds

Tenaya Lake
68.60
−6.04"
8163 feet, West Flank
Trail Map
(18.26") H20 =0.0"
48 & 20 −/−

JMT-PCT-TYT
Tuolumne Meadows

42.28" −5.39"
8600 feet, West Flank
Trail Map
(6.47") H20 =0.00"
47 & 17 −/−

Tioga Pass/Dana
61.07" −3.68
9798 feet
Trail Map
13.53 H20
=0.00
43 & 15 −/−

Mammoth Mountain

Mono Lake-Owens Basin

East of PCT-JMT
Above Gem Lake
Gem Pass

151.00" −0.0 ERROR?
10750 feet
Trail Map
(00.00 H2O) −32.52 ??
temps bad

JMT-PCT Junction
Devils Postpile

47.80" −7.5
8004 feet
Trail Map Above
(0.0) =
48 & 27 −/−

NE of JMT-PCT
Mammoth Pass

121.15" Sno −5.5
9500 feet
Trail Map
38.72" H2O +2.72 ??
46 & 23 −/−

JMT-PCT
E of Bear Ridge

Volcanic Knob

75.20" −2.8"
10100 feet
Trail Map
(0.00)
47 & 12 −/−

East Flank
South Lake Cabin

(Snow removed ")
9580 feet, East Flank
Trail Map
(26.00 H2O) =0.00
50 & 18 −/−

East Flank
Big Pine Sawmill

41.80" Snow −3.6
10200 feet, East Flank
Trail Map Above
42 & 14 −/−

Kings River

Just East JMT-PCT
Bishop Pass

--.--
11972 feet
Trail Map Above
BAD-
BAD

Just West JMT-PCT
Charlotte Lake

78.13" Snow −2.92
10398 feet, West Flank
Trail Map
54.10 H2O +0.57
39 & 14 −/−
(Typically the coldest station)

Kern Watershed

JMT-PCT
Upr Tyndall Creek

81.28" −0.89"
11441 feet
Trail Map
(x.xx" H2O +x.xx")
41 & 24 −/−

JMT
Crabtree Meadow

33.62" Snow −1"
10,700 feet
Trail Map
(22.43 H2O) +0.14
42 & 17 −/−

All High Sierra
Reporting Stations

More Stations, by Watersheds

 

2

Clear, Warm
Bit Breezy, Nice

 

 

THE
CURRENT SNOWPACK

Current Conditions

All Snow Information

GRAPHICS
Date-Adjustable Multi-Aspect
High Sierra
Snowpack
Status
THE 1ST

 

NOAA-NOHRSC
SNOWPACK

The High Sierra
5-1-19

 

OBSERVATIONS

All
High Sierra
Reporting Stations

 

Temp & Snow Tables
by Watershed and Highway Corridor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2017
Current Snowpack

VAST
Percent of Average for
May 2.

N Sierra: 198%

Cen. Sierra: 201%

S Sierra: 178%

Ca State: 194%

Compare against previous years.

May 2019
Trail News

3

Clear, Warm
Bit Breezy, Nice

 

Informative
"Normal" Vs. Now

Forcasts & Reality
vs.
Averages

 

Winds? Weather?

NorCal Graphics

SoCal & SW US

 

Precipitation

Quantitative Precipitation Forecasts:
RAIN FORECASTS

 

 

Let's look at the
Big Picture

The Pacific Ocean

Set this for 14 days
&
Display Loop Below

 

US Weather Map

 

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All
High Sierra Weather
And the factors creating it

 

 

2018
Highway 108

Open
May 3, 12:00 Noon

 

 

 

 

4

Clear, Warm
Bit Breezy, Nice

CHANGING


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5

Rising Bluster
Bit Breezy, Cooling,
Weak Low Passing

 

 

 

 

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This Week in 2017
Snow & Temps

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6

Blustery
Bit Breezy, Cool, Weak Low, Weak Showers

Showers Across Crest

 

2019
Current Snowpack:
Percent of Average for
May 6.

N Sierra: 143%
1% in 6 days

Cen. Sierra: 143%
4% in 6 days

S Sierra: 129%
10% in 6 days

Ca State: 138%
5% in 6 days

Last Reading
May 1

Next Reading
May 13

Statewide Summary of Snow Water Content PDF

Cal Coop Snow Survey

2017 Readings
April 1

April 20

May 2

May, 2017 Averages

May 15
June 15

 

BEST
FORECASTS

Precipitation
General

Quantitative Precipitation Forecasts:
ALL
RAIN FORECASTS
&
MODELS

 

Seven Day Precip
Animation

 

Precipitation
Geographic

All High Sierra
ZONE & POINT
FORECASTS

 

All High Sierra
ZONE
FORECASTS

 

GRAPHICAL INTERFACE
Forecast
Winds? Weather?

NorCal Graphics

Region, SW US

 

Forecast
Temperatures

Model
Five Day Mean
Low Temps

Click Green "Latest" Model,
observe using step button

All Temps

Let's look at the
Big Picture
Surface Map

The Pacific Ocean

US Weather Map

All Maps

 

7

Clearing
Calm, Warming, Weak Low passed East.

 

 

 

 

2019
MAY 7
HIGH SIERRA

12th
--Spring--
Temp-Snow Check

Last Report:
May 1, 2019

Next Report:
May 11, 2019

Let's check our reporting station snow & temp readings after the last 2 cooler & breezy days with a weak Low passing by.

Click the stations below for their latest reports.

Below: Watershed Snow Water Content Charts followed by individual reporting station's Snow Depth and 24 hour high-low temps, and the change in snow depths since our last readings.

A NEW WATER YEAR:
LAST YEAR
Total Precipitation

58 % of Average

A NEW WATER YEAR: Reservoirs

The Thaw: It's Coming

N Sierra Reporting Stations On a Map
Scroll over stations for snow & temps. Click for
full report.
South Sierra Stations

"+/- & ="
below are changes since last reading.

Tahoe Basin
Watershed

Southwest Tahoe
Trail Map with Stations

PCT-TYT-TRT
Rubicon
65" -8
7618 feet
Trail Map
(46.10 H2O) +0.3
59 & 41 +/+

PCT-TYT-TRT
Echo Peak

71"
-14"
7652 feet
Stations Map
(63.40 H2O) +0.1
57 & 40 +/+

American-Yuba Watersheds

PCT-TYT
Carson Pass
63" -11
8388 feet
Trail Map
Stations Map
(44.90" H2O) =0.0
55 & 33 +/+

Carson-Walker
Watershed
s

PCT-TYT
Ebbetts Pass
78"
-10
8660 feet
Trail Map
(60.30 H2O) =0.0
56 & 37 +/+

EAST FLANK
Leavitt Lake

158"
−13
9602 feet, East Flank
Trail Map
(63.70 H20) +0.1
50 & 34 +/+

EAST FLANK
Marine Base
Cold Weather Training

6748 feet East Flank
Trail Map Above
FULL REPORT
VIS-CHIL-WEA-MB-
WIND
79 & 35 +/−

Mokelumne-Stanislaus Watersheds

PCT-TYT
Sonora Pass

Kennedy Meadows
RESUPPLY
Deadman Creek

25.19" −6.57
9250 feet,West Flank,
Trail Map
(27.19" H20) +0.11"
50 & 28 +/+

Tuolumne-Merced
Watersheds

Tenaya Lake
52.05
−16.55"
8163 feet, West Flank
Trail Map
(18.26") H20 +0.04"
56 & 30 +/+

JMT-PCT-TYT
Tuolumne Meadows

30.26" −12.02"
8600 feet, West Flank
Trail Map
(6.47") H20 =0.00"
53 & 27 +/+

Tioga Pass/Dana
51.93" −9.14
9798 feet
Trail Map
13.53 H20
=0.00
50 & 26 +/+

Mammoth Mountain

Mono Lake-Owens Basin

East of PCT-JMT
Above Gem Lake
Gem Pass

151.00" −0.0 ERROR?
10750 feet
Trail Map
(00.00 H2O) −32.52 ??
temps bad

JMT-PCT Junction
Devils Postpile

34.36" −13.44
8004 feet
Trail Map Above
(0.0) =
56 & 29 +/+

NE of JMT-PCT
Mammoth Pass

110.40" Sno −10.75
9500 feet
Trail Map
47.32" H2O +8.6 ??
56 & 31 +/+

JMT-PCT
E of Bear Ridge

Volcanic Knob

67.20" −8"
10100 feet
Trail Map
(0.00)
53 & 26 +/+

East Flank
South Lake Cabin

(Snow removed ")
9580 feet, East Flank
Trail Map
(26.00 H2O) =0.00
55 & 29 +/+

East Flank
Big Pine Sawmill

36.10" Snow −5.7
10200 feet, East Flank
Trail Map Above
48 & 25 +/+

Kings River

Just East JMT-PCT
Bishop Pass

--.--
11972 feet
Trail Map Above
BAD-
BAD

Just West JMT-PCT
Charlotte Lake

68.64" Snow −9.49
10398 feet, West Flank
Trail Map
54.17 H2O +0.07
45 & 26 +/+
(Typically the coldest station)

Kern Watershed

JMT-PCT
Upr Tyndall Creek

74.55" −6.73"
11441 feet
Trail Map
(x.xx" H2O +x.xx")
47 & 28 +/+

JMT
Crabtree Meadow

28.66" Snow −4.96"
10,700 feet
Trail Map
(22.59 H2O) +0.16
44 & 26 +/+

All High Sierra
Reporting Stations

More Stations, by Watersheds

May 7, 2018
Snow Report


8

Calm Day
Calm, Weak Low off Coast

 

 

LAST WEEK

NEXT WEEK

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE
CURRENT SNOWPACK

Current Conditions

All Snow Information

GRAPHICS
Date-Adjustable Multi-Aspect
High Sierra
Snowpack
Status
THE 7th

 

NOAA-NOHRSC
SNOWPACK

The High Sierra
5-7-19

 

OBSERVATIONS

All
High Sierra
Reporting Stations

 

Temp & Snow Tables
by Watershed and Highway Corridor

 

9

Weak Low
Approaching,
Crossing Today

Late Showers
Expected

Biased to S Sierra

 

May 2019
Trail News

 

SPRING THAW

RIVER INFORMATION

RESERVOIRS

HAZARDS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LAST WEEK

NEXT WEEK

TOP

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BEST
FORECASTS

Precipitation
General

Quantitative Precipitation Forecasts:
ALL
RAIN FORECASTS
&
MODELS

 

Seven Day Precip
Animation

 

Precipitation
Geographic

All High Sierra
ZONE & POINT
FORECASTS

 

All High Sierra
ZONE
FORECASTS

 

GRAPHICAL INTERFACE
Forecast
Winds? Weather?

NorCal Graphics

Region, SW US

 

Forecast
Temperatures

Model
Five Day Mean
Low Temps

Click Green "Latest" Model,
observe using step button

All Temps

Let's look at the
Big Picture
Surface Map

The Pacific Ocean

US Weather Map

All Maps

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LAST WEEK

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10

Weak Low

Weak
Instability has returned, after an extended period of calm, warming weather.

Glacier Point Road
Opening, with Status of Higways 4, 108, & 120

 

Advisories

Lake Wind
Tahoe-Lake Wind
Reno NWS

Winter
South Sierra
SJ Valley NWS, Hanford

All
Sierra Forecast Zones

 

Report from
Kennedy Meadows

Alex
We’re open fully and fish have been stocked.

First pct hiker was here yesterday.

Lots of snow up high.

Expect snow and high runoff until mid July at higher elevations.

Highway should be open over pass by memorial weekend.

We’re stocked and ready for hikers.

Thanks, Matt

 

 

 

 

BIG NEWS

2017:
Summer "Opening" of Trails "Put-Off" until it happens.

Late July?

I mean clear trails across the High Passes. On the Crest Trails.

Maybe not at all this Summer.

 

 

 

 

 

11

Weak Low
Calm, Weak Low,
Weak precip

Showers
Anticipated

Biased to S Sierra

 

2019
MAY 11
HIGH SIERRA

13th
--Spring--
Temp-Snow Check

Last Report:
May 7, 2019

Next Report:
May 14, 2019

Let's check our reporting station snow & temp readings after the last 2 cooler & breezy days with a weak Low passing by.

Click the stations below for their latest reports.

Below: Watershed Snow Water Content Charts followed by individual reporting station's Snow Depth and 24 hour high-low temps, and the change in snow depths since our last readings.

A NEW WATER YEAR:
LAST YEAR
Total Precipitation

58 % of Average

A NEW WATER YEAR: Reservoirs

The Thaw: It's Coming

N Sierra Reporting Stations On a Map
Scroll over stations for snow & temps. Click for
full report.
South Sierra Stations

"+/- & ="
below are changes since last reading.

Tahoe Basin
Watershed

Southwest Tahoe
Trail Map with Stations

PCT-TYT-TRT
Rubicon
59" -6
7618 feet
Trail Map
(46.10 H2O) =0.0
58 & 41 -/=

PCT-TYT-TRT
Echo Peak

62"
-9"
7652 feet
Stations Map
(63.20 H2O) −0.2
58 & 40 +/=

American-Yuba Watersheds

PCT-TYT
Carson Pass
56" -7
8388 feet
Trail Map
Stations Map
(44.90" H2O) =0.0
56 & 34 +/+

Carson-Walker
Watershed
s

PCT-TYT
Ebbetts Pass
72"
-6
8660 feet
Trail Map
(60.40 H2O) +0.1
56 & 35 =/−

EAST FLANK
Leavitt Lake

153"
−5
9602 feet, East Flank
Trail Map
(63.70 H20) =0.0
50 & 35 =/+

EAST FLANK
Marine Base
Cold Weather Training

6748 feet East Flank
Trail Map Above
FULL REPORT
VIS-CHIL-WEA-MB-
WIND
70 & 39 −/+

Mokelumne-Stanislaus Watersheds

PCT-TYT
Sonora Pass

Kennedy Meadows
RESUPPLY
Deadman Creek

20.26" −4.93
9250 feet,West Flank,
Trail Map
(27.46" H20) +0.27"
51 & 32 +/+

Tuolumne-Merced
Watersheds

Tenaya Lake
43.56
−8.49"
8163 feet, West Flank
Trail Map
(18.61") H20 +0.35"
59 & 29 +/−

JMT-PCT-TYT
Tuolumne Meadows

21.44" −8.82"
8600 feet, West Flank
Trail Map
(6.59") H20 +0.12"
55 & 25 +/−

Tioga Pass/Dana
47.45" −4.48
9798 feet
Trail Map
13.89 H20
+0.36
48 & 27 −/+

Mammoth Mountain

Mono Lake-Owens Basin

East of PCT-JMT
Above Gem Lake
Gem Pass

151.00" −0.0 ERROR?
10750 feet
Trail Map
(31.43 H2O) +31.43 ??
temps bad

JMT-PCT Junction
Devils Postpile

27.79" −6.57
8004 feet
Trail Map Above
(0.0) =
60 & 27 +/−

NE of JMT-PCT
Mammoth Pass

105.17" Sno −5.23
9500 feet
Trail Map
52.44" H2O +5.12 ??
57 & 29 +/−

JMT-PCT
E of Bear Ridge

Volcanic Knob

62.50" −4.7"
10100 feet
Trail Map
(0.00)
51 & 23 −/−

East Flank
South Lake Cabin

(Snow removed ")
9580 feet, East Flank
Trail Map
(26.50 H2O) +0.50
60 & 28 +/−

East Flank
Big Pine Sawmill

44.80" Snow +8.7 ??
10200 feet, East Flank
Trail Map Above
46 & 26 −/+

Kings River

Just East JMT-PCT
Bishop Pass

--.--
11972 feet
Trail Map Above
BAD-
BAD

Just West JMT-PCT
Charlotte Lake

69.53" Snow +0.89
10398 feet, West Flank
Trail Map
55.59 H2O +1.42 ???
43 & 29 −/+
(Typically the coldest station)

Kern Watershed

JMT-PCT
Upr Tyndall Creek

81.55" +7"
11441 feet
Trail Map
(x.xx" H2O +x.xx")
41 & 28 −/=

JMT
Crabtree Meadow

27.49" Snow −1.17"
10,700 feet
Trail Map
(23.20 H2O) +0.61
41 & 31 −/+

All High Sierra
Reporting Stations

More Stations, by Watersheds

 

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday

12

Nice Day
Instability Cleared Early

Where are We At?
January to March 2019
National Temperature & Precipitation Rankings
, 1895 to 2019.
NOAA Climate Monitoring.

 

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Past Snow & Temps

This Week in 2018
Snow & Temps

This Week in 2017
Snow & Temps

Past News

Review
the
May 2019
Trail News Forum

Review
the
May 2017
Trail News Forum

 

13

Nice Day

 

 

 

 

2019
Current Snowpack:
Percent of Average for
May 13.

N Sierra: 130%
12% in 7 days

Cen. Sierra: 133%
10% in 7 days

S Sierra: 120%
9% in 7 days

Ca State: 127%
11% in 7 days

Last Reading
May 6

Statewide Summary of Snow Water Content PDF

Cal Coop Snow Survey

2017 Readings
April 1

April 20

May 2

May, 2017 Averages

May 15
June 15

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

14

Cloudy Day
Gulf Alaska Low dragging
Front along Ca Coast.

Weather West Analysis

 

WINTER STORM
WARNINGS

NORTH SIERRA
WARNING

247 PM PDT
Tue May 14 2019

"A strong, late season storm will bring significant snowfall accumulations to the higher elevations of the northern Sierra Nevada and Mt. Lassen area later this week. Expect travel delays
and possible chain controls if going through the higher passes of the northern Sierra Nevada. Once this storm exits the region late
Friday morning, another system is forecast to impact the mountains
over the weekend."

NWS SACTO

Carson Pass
Seven Day Forecast

 

SOUTH SIERRA
WARNING

NWS Hanford WARNING

Seven Day Forecast
Mono Hot Springs

 

What Up?

Informative
"Normal" Vs. Now

Forcasts & Reality
vs.
Averages

 

Weather Trends

 

2019
MAY 14
HIGH SIERRA

14th
--Spring--
Temp-Snow Check

Last Report:
May 11, 2019

Next Report:
May 17, 2019

Let's check our reporting station snow & temp readings after the last 3 days of mild instability, with the Front trailing the Low in Gulf Alaska due to cross the Sierra tomorrow.

Click the stations below for their latest reports.

Below: Watershed Snow Water Content Charts followed by individual reporting station's Snow Depth and 24 hour high-low temps, and the change in snow depths since our last readings.

A NEW WATER YEAR:
LAST YEAR
Total Precipitation

58 % of Average

A NEW WATER YEAR: Reservoirs

The Thaw: It's Coming

N Sierra Reporting Stations On a Map
Scroll over stations for snow & temps. Click for
full report.
South Sierra Stations

"+/- & ="
below are changes since last reading.

Tahoe Basin
Watershed

Southwest Tahoe
Trail Map with Stations

PCT-TYT-TRT
Rubicon
54" -5
7618 feet
Trail Map
(46.10 H2O) =0.0
57 & 42 −/+

PCT-TYT-TRT
Echo Peak

53"
-9"
7652 feet
Stations Map
(63.30 H2O) +0.1
55 & 44 −/+

American-Yuba Watersheds

PCT-TYT
Carson Pass
49" -7
8388 feet
Trail Map
Stations Map
(44.90" H2O) =0.0
54 & 38 −/+

Carson-Walker
Watershed
s

PCT-TYT
Ebbetts Pass
64"
−8
8660 feet
Trail Map
(60.40 H2O) =0.0
52 & 39 −/+

EAST FLANK
Leavitt Lake

147"
−6
9602 feet, East Flank
Trail Map
(63.70 H20) =0.0
48 & 39 −/+

EAST FLANK
Marine Base
Cold Weather Training

6748 feet East Flank
Trail Map Above
FULL REPORT
VIS-CHIL-WEA-MB-
WIND
86 & 40 +/+

Mokelumne-Stanislaus Watersheds

PCT-TYT
Sonora Pass

Kennedy Meadows
RESUPPLY
Deadman Creek

14.58" −5.68
9250 feet,West Flank,
Trail Map
(27.46" H20) −0.05"
50 & 32 −/=

Tuolumne-Merced
Watersheds

Tenaya Lake
35.40
−8.16"
8163 feet, West Flank
Trail Map
(18.61") H20 =0.00"
57 & 27 −/−

JMT-PCT-TYT
Tuolumne Meadows

12.95" −8.49"
8600 feet, West Flank
Trail Map
(6.59") H20 =0.00"
54 & 26 −/+

Tioga Pass/Dana
41.98" −5.47
9798 feet
Trail Map
13.89 H20
=0.00
51 & 26 +/−

Mammoth Mountain

Mono Lake-Owens Basin

East of PCT-JMT
Above Gem Lake
Gem Pass

151.00" −0.0 ERROR?
10750 feet
Trail Map
(00.00 H2O) -31.43 ??
temps bad

JMT-PCT Junction
Devils Postpile

18.71" −9.08
8004 feet
Trail Map Above
(0.0) =
58 & 28 −/+

NE of JMT-PCT
Mammoth Pass

99.08" Sno −6.09
9500 feet
Trail Map
52.44" H2O =0.00 ??
52 & 31 −/+

JMT-PCT
E of Bear Ridge

Volcanic Knob

58.70" −3.8"
10100 feet
Trail Map
(0.00)
54 & 27 +/+

East Flank
South Lake Cabin

(Snow removed ")
9580 feet, East Flank
Trail Map
(26.50 H2O) =0.00
60 & 32 =/+

East Flank
Big Pine Sawmill

36.70" Snow −8.1
10200 feet, East Flank
Trail Map Above
52 & 30 +/+

Kings River

Just East JMT-PCT
Bishop Pass

--.--
11972 feet
Trail Map Above
BAD-
BAD

Just West JMT-PCT
Charlotte Lake

61.01" Snow −8.52
10398 feet, West Flank
Trail Map
55.79 H2O −0.20 ???
49 & 27 +/
(Typically the coldest station)

Kern Watershed

JMT-PCT
Upr Tyndall Creek

76.26" −5.29"
11441 feet
Trail Map
(x.xx" H2O +x.xx")
50 & 31 +/+

JMT
Crabtree Meadow

24.17" Snow −3.32"
10,700 feet
Trail Map
(23.43 H2O) +0.23
51 & 28 +/−

All High Sierra
Reporting Stations

More Stations, by Watersheds

 

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Stormy Day
Light to Moderate Precip

RADAR

Status
Sierra Highways

 

 

SPRING THAW

RIVER INFORMATION

RESERVOIRS

HAZARDS

 

 

 

 

HIGH SIERRA
Mosquito News


 

2017
Current Snowpack

VAST
Percent of Average for
May 1.

Ca State: 181%

% of April 1: 140%

Compare against previous years.

 

 

THE
CURRENT SNOWPACK

Current Conditions

All Snow Information

GRAPHICS
Date-Adjustable Multi-Aspect
High Sierra
Snowpack
Status
THE 14th

 

NOAA-NOHRSC
SNOWPACK

The High Sierra
5-14-19

 

OBSERVATIONS

All
High Sierra
Reporting Stations

 

Temp & Snow Tables
by Watershed and Highway Corridor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

16

Stormy Day
Light to Moderate Precip

High Temps on Crest
Non-Snow Precipitation

Maybe 2 inches snow since Yesterday

 

2019
Current Snowpack:
Percent of Average for
May 16.

N Sierra: 127%
3% in 3 days

Cen. Sierra: 129%
4% in 3 days

S Sierra: 117%
3% in 3 days

Ca State: 123%
4% in 3 days

Last Reading
May 13

Statewide Summary of Snow Water Content PDF

Cal Coop Snow Survey

 

 

 

 

Modis Satellite
Views

(Compare 2017, 18, & 19)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Clearing Day
Snow
Accumulated
Last Night

COLD
Hazard

WINTER STORM
WATCHES

Sacto-----Hanford

2019
Current Snowpack:
Percent of Average for
May 17.

N Sierra: 133%
+6% in 1 day

Cen. Sierra: 135%
+6% in 1 day

S Sierra: 121%
+4% in 1 day

Ca State: 129%
+6% in 1 day

Last Reading
May 16

Next Reading
May 20

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2019
MAY 17
HIGH SIERRA

15th
--Spring--
Temp-Snow Check

Last Report:
May 14, 2019

Next Report:
May 19, 2019

Let's check our reporting station snow & temp readings after the last 2 days of light to moderate precip, clearing today, with a series of lows and fronts anticipated tomorrow, and through next week.

Click the stations below for their latest reports.

Below: Watershed Snow Water Content Charts followed by individual reporting station's Snow Depth and 24 hour high-low temps, noting the change in snow depths and temps since our last readings.

A NEW WATER YEAR:
LAST YEAR
Total Precipitation

58 % of Average

A NEW WATER YEAR: Reservoirs

The Thaw: It's Coming

N Sierra Reporting Stations On a Map
Scroll over stations for snow & temps. Click for
full report.
South Sierra Stations

"+/- & ="
below are changes since last reading.

Tahoe Basin
Watershed

Southwest Tahoe
Trail Map with Stations

PCT-TYT-TRT
Rubicon
54" =0
7618 feet
Trail Map
(47.10 H2O) +1.0
42 & 29 −/−

PCT-TYT-TRT
Echo Peak

55"
+2"
7652 feet
Stations Map
(63.60 H2O) +0.3
37 & 27 −/−

American-Yuba Watersheds

PCT-TYT
Carson Pass
50"+1
8388 feet
Trail Map
Stations Map
(46.00" H2O) +1.1
41 & 26 −/−

Carson-Walker
Watershed
s

PCT-TYT
Ebbetts Pass
68"
+4
8660 feet
Trail Map
(62.10 H2O) +1.7
41 & 24 −/−

EAST FLANK
Leavitt Lake

160"
+13
9602 feet, East Flank
Trail Map
(65.30 H20) +1.6
37 & 22 −/−

EAST FLANK
Marine Base
Cold Weather Training

6748 feet East Flank
Trail Map Above
FULL REPORT
VIS-CHIL-WEA-MB-
WIND
62 & 38 −/−

Mokelumne-Stanislaus Watersheds

PCT-TYT
Sonora Pass

Kennedy Meadows
RESUPPLY
Deadman Creek

15.03" +0.45
9250 feet,West Flank,
Trail Map
(28.17" H20) +0.71"
33 & 21 −/−

Tuolumne-Merced
Watersheds

Tenaya Lake
39.57
+4.17"
8163 feet, West Flank
Trail Map
(20.10") H20 +1.49 "
43 & 25 −/−

JMT-PCT-TYT
Tuolumne Meadows

13.06" +0.11"
8600 feet, West Flank
Trail Map
(7.52") H20 +0.93"
42 & 22 −/−

Tioga Pass/Dana
45.73" +3.75
9798 feet
Trail Map
13.95 H20
=0.06 ??
35 & 18 −/−

Mammoth Mountain

Mono Lake-Owens Basin

East of PCT-JMT
Above Gem Lake
Gem Pass

151.00" −0.0 ERROR?
10750 feet
Trail Map
(00.00 H2O) -31.43 ??
temps bad

JMT-PCT Junction
Devils Postpile

19.11" +0.4
8004 feet
Trail Map Above
(0.0) =
42 & 27 −/−

NE of JMT-PCT
Mammoth Pass

106.30" Sno +7.22
9500 feet
Trail Map
55.16" H2O +2.72 ??
41 & 21 −/−

JMT-PCT
E of Bear Ridge

Volcanic Knob

66.20" +7.5"
10100 feet
Trail Map
(0.00)
42 & 20 −/−

East Flank
South Lake Cabin

(Snow removed ")
9580 feet, East Flank
Trail Map
(26.70 H2O) +0.20
49 & 23 −/−

East Flank
Big Pine Sawmill

37.10" Snow +0.4
10200 feet, East Flank
Trail Map Above
38 & 20 −/−

Kings River

Just East JMT-PCT
Bishop Pass

--.--
11972 feet
Trail Map Above
BAD-
BAD

Just West JMT-PCT
Charlotte Lake

64.01" Snow +3
10398 feet, West Flank
Trail Map
56.99 H2O +1.20
32 & 18 /
(Typically the coldest station)

Kern Watershed

JMT-PCT
Upr Tyndall Creek

79.04" +2.78"
11441 feet
Trail Map
(x.xx" H2O +x.xx")
30 & 15 /

JMT
Crabtree Meadow

24.91" Snow +0.74"
10,700 feet
Trail Map
(23.43 H2O) +0.38
37 & 13 /

All High Sierra
Reporting Stations

More Stations, by Watersheds

 

18

Stormy Day
Light to Moderate Precip

Late Evening Precip
FINALLY
Snowfall that's, "sticking,"
&
Accumulating

 

The Weather Page
NWS
High Sierra Hazard
WARNINGS
&
National Hazard Map

 

 

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Seven Day
Freezing Temperature Probability

 

 

Watch It!
California Web Cams

 

 

BEST
FORECASTS

Precipitation
General

Quantitative Precipitation Forecasts:
ALL
RAIN FORECASTS
&
MODELS

 

Direct to
Seven Day Precip
Animation

 

Precipitation
Geographic

All High Sierra
ZONE & POINT
FORECASTS

 

All High Sierra
ZONE
FORECASTS

 

Now

RADAR

 

GRAPHICAL INTERFACE
Forecast
Winds? Weather?

NorCal Graphics

Region, SW US

 

Forecast
Temperatures

Model
Five Day Mean
Low Temps

Click Green "Latest" Model,
observe using step button

All Temps

Let's look at the
Big Picture
Surface Map

The Pacific Ocean

US Weather Map

All Maps

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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19

Showers
Weak Low crossing N. Ca. Coast, its Forming Front
("Frontogenesis")
Along & Crossing Sierra,
Light to Moderate Precip

MAP

 

COLD
Hazard

 

WINTER STORM
WARNINGS

Sacto-----Hanford

North Sierra
Sacto Warning
"...Late Season Mountain Snow Today..."

South Sierra
Hanford Warning
"...Winter weather continues over the higher elevations of the
Sierra today..."

High & Low
FORECASTS

High Elevation
8600 Ft

Carson Pass Forecast
7 Days of Snow

Low Elevation
4000 Ft

Yosemite Valley Forecast
7 Days of Rain

 

 

2019
MAY 19
HIGH SIERRA

16th
--Spring--
Temp-Snow Check

Last Report:
May 17, 2019

Next Report:
May ?, 2019

Let's check our reporting station snow & temp readings after the last day of light to moderate precip, breaking up later today, with a series of lows and fronts anticipated through next week.

Click the stations below for their latest reports.

Below: Watershed Snow Water Content Charts followed by individual reporting station's Snow Depth and 24 hour high-low temps, noting the change in snow depths and temps since our last readings.

A NEW WATER YEAR:
LAST YEAR
Total Precipitation

58 % of Average

A NEW WATER YEAR: Reservoirs

The Thaw: It's Coming

N Sierra Reporting Stations On a Map
Scroll over stations for snow & temps. Click for
full report.
South Sierra Stations

"+/- & ="
below are changes since last reading.

Tahoe Basin
Watershed

Southwest Tahoe
Trail Map with Stations

PCT-TYT-TRT
Rubicon
53" -1
7618 feet
Trail Map
(47.50 H2O) +0.4
35 & 30 −/+

PCT-TYT-TRT
Echo Peak

59"
+4"
7652 feet
Stations Map
(63.00 H2O) -0.6
34 & 29 −/+

American-Yuba Watersheds

PCT-TYT
Carson Pass
54"+4
8388 feet
Trail Map
Stations Map
(46.70" H2O) +0.7
35 & 27 −/+

Carson-Walker
Watershed
s

PCT-TYT
Ebbetts Pass
74"
+6
8660 feet
Trail Map
(62.80 H2O) +0.7
31 & 22 −/−

EAST FLANK
Leavitt Lake

173"
+13
9602 feet, East Flank
Trail Map
(66.30 H20) +1.0
29 & 23 −/+

EAST FLANK
Marine Base
Cold Weather Training

6748 feet East Flank
Trail Map Above
FULL REPORT
VIS-CHIL-WEA-MB-
WIND
76 & 29 +/−

Mokelumne-Stanislaus Watersheds

PCT-TYT
Sonora Pass

Kennedy Meadows
RESUPPLY
Deadman Creek

19.04" +4.01
9250 feet,West Flank,
Trail Map
(28.50" H20) +0.33"
31 & 21 −/=

Tuolumne-Merced
Watersheds

Tenaya Lake
45.60
+6.03"
8163 feet, West Flank
Trail Map
(20.40") H20 +0.30"
31 & 19 −/−

JMT-PCT-TYT
Tuolumne Meadows

12.49" −0.57"
8600 feet, West Flank
Trail Map
(7.83") H20 +0.31"
32 & 18 −/−

Tioga Pass/Dana
50.41" +4.68
9798 feet
Trail Map
14.00 H20
+0.05
27 & 13 −/−

Mammoth Mountain

Mono Lake-Owens Basin

East of PCT-JMT
Above Gem Lake
Gem Pass

151.00" −0.0 ERROR?
10750 feet
Trail Map
(00.00 H2O) =0.00 ??
temps bad

JMT-PCT Junction
Devils Postpile

26.39" +7.28
8004 feet
Trail Map Above
(0.0) =
32 & 26 −/−

NE of JMT-PCT
Mammoth Pass

119.01" Sno +12.71
9500 feet
Trail Map
56.48" H2O +1.32
30 & 20 −/−

JMT-PCT
E of Bear Ridge

Volcanic Knob

78.90" +12.7"
10100 feet
Trail Map
(0.00)
33 & 18 −/−

East Flank
South Lake Cabin

(Snow removed ")
9580 feet, East Flank
Trail Map
(26.10 H2O) +0.10
31 & 17 −/−

East Flank
Big Pine Sawmill

42.80" Snow +5.7
10200 feet, East Flank
Trail Map Above
27 & 16 −/−

Kings River

Just East JMT-PCT
Bishop Pass

--.--
11972 feet
Trail Map Above
BAD-
BAD

Just West JMT-PCT
Charlotte Lake

74.45" Snow +10.44
10398 feet, West Flank
Trail Map
56.99 H2O +0.92
25 & 13 /
(Typically the coldest station)

Kern Watershed

JMT-PCT
Upr Tyndall Creek

84.57" +5.53"
11441 feet
Trail Map
(x.xx" H2O +x.xx")
25 & 11 /

JMT
Crabtree Meadow

29.30" Snow +4.39"
10,700 feet
Trail Map
(23.43 H2O) +0.44
27 & 9 /

All High Sierra
Reporting Stations

More Stations, by Watersheds

20

Clear Spots
Sucker Hole between Lows & Their Fronts

 


2019
Current Snowpack:
Percent of Average for
May 19.

N Sierra: 149%
+16% in 3 days

Cen. Sierra: 155%
+20% in 3 days

S Sierra: 136%
+15% in 3 days

Ca State: 147%
+18% in 3 days

Last Reading
May 17

Statewide Summary of Snow Water Content PDF

Cal Coop Snow Survey

 

This Week in 2018
Snow & Temps

This Week in 2017
Snow & Temps

 

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THE
CURRENT SNOWPACK

Current Conditions

All Snow Information

GRAPHICS
Date-Adjustable Multi-Aspect
High Sierra
Snowpack
Status
THE 20th

 

NOAA-NOHRSC
SNOWPACK

The High Sierra
5-20-19

 

OBSERVATIONS

All
High Sierra
Reporting Stations

 

Temp & Snow Tables
by Watershed and Highway Corridor

22

 

 

 

 

BEST
FORECASTS

Precipitation
General

Quantitative Precipitation Forecasts:
ALL
RAIN FORECASTS
&
MODELS

 

Direct to
Seven Day Precip
Animation

 

Precipitation
Geographic

All High Sierra
ZONE & POINT
FORECASTS

 

All High Sierra
ZONE
FORECASTS

 

Now

RADAR

 

Direct
to
GRAPHICAL INTERFACE

Forecast
Winds? Weather?

NorCal Graphics

Region, SW US

 

Forecast
Temperatures

Model
Five Day Mean
Low Temps

Click Green "Latest" Model,
observe using step button

All Temps

Let's look at the
Big Picture
Surface Map

The Pacific Ocean

US Weather Map

All Maps

 

 

23

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SPRING THAW

RIVER INFORMATION

RESERVOIRS

HAZARDS

 

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the
May 2019
Trail News Forum

 

Review
the
May 2017
Trail News Forum

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Snow & Temps

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2016-17
High Sierra
Season Review

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MEMORIAL DAY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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High Sierra
Weather Page

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mosquito News

Mosquito Defense

 

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NOTES:
TRACKING SIERRA CONDITIONS CAREFULLY
2019


2018
The High Sierra resupply spots are all opening up this month or early the next, a good sign that we should have our trip plans and logistics down and done by now.
We have planned-out every overnight campsite we will sleep at and every individual calorie we will consume by now, meaning that we are about ready to finalize our buckets, seal them up, and determine the exact timing of their shipment to best match our anticipated arrival date.

 

2017:
SIERRA HIGHWAYS ALL CLOSED FOURTH WEEK OF MAY

 

Review
May 2017 against May 2016

 

2016:
SIERRA HIGHWAYS OPENING SECOND WEEK OF MAY

 

2015:
A Deluge of wet and sloppy weather, rain, hail, snow and lightening begins.
The beginning of a sloppy Summer of 2015.

2015
Earliest Opening of Roads and Trails in History?

 

MAY 1 STATUS 2015
2% of Average Snowpack

MAY 1 STATUS 2016
55% of Average Snowpack

MAY 1 STATUS 2017
194% of Average Snowpack

MAY 1 STATUS 2018
27% of Average Snowpack

CA REPORT, MAY 2018

 

TWISTED SEASONS
Hottest then Wettest Years Ever over Two Years


Generally,
May gives us a good indication of the unfolding trajectory of Spring.

 

Specifically,
2016
It is clear that the most powerful and enduring El Nino in history had the effect of leaving us with about half a "normal" snowpack in May.

The big "takeaway" from all these past forty years is the significant changes in fundamental weather patterns.

Weather patterns have broken down in lockstep with the unlimited growth of population, offshore production, and consumption.

Our pattern must change if we hope to pull the weather patterns back into fruitful configurations.

 

 

2016:

"Spring" bloomed in Feb.!

"Summer" heat is rising in Late May!

OPENING DATE ASSESMENT
opening of the High Trails across Mountain Passes.

North Sierra opens by May 29.

South Sierra still in Spring Snow Conditions
May 29

High Sierra Backpacker Weather

 

2017:

Memorial Day
Ten feet of snow on the Crest

Huge bloom everywhere else from the overwhelming supply of water after so long with so little.

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May 2015 Tracking the Drought page
May 2015 Tracking the Sierra Conditions page.

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2016 OBSERVATIONS AND TRACKING

WHEN WILL THE SIERRA OPEN in 2016?

TRACKING 2016 CONDITIONS


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Hoover Wilderness

 

BACKGROUND
The trajectory of the cold, rain, and snows of Spring provide both excellent backpacking experiences and establish the terms, a baseline for this year’s transition into Spring Conditions.

Regular storm activity laid atop a deep pack of Winter snows wrapped in cold temps indicate a long Winter into Spring transition.

Light snows and irregular storm activity sprinkled on a thin snow pack under high temperatures indicates an early and rapid transitions into Spring and Summer conditions.

Tahoe to Whitney

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2019

January         February         March         April         May         June

July         August         September         October         November         December

 

 

2014 Clendar          2015 Calendar

2016 Calendar          2017 Calendar

2018 Calendar

 

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Lake Tahoe to Mount Whitney

Your guide to backpacking the Sierra Crest, including the Tahoe to Yosemite, Pacific Crest, and John Muir Trails

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