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March
2019

 

Important Seasonal Happenings, Transitions, Events, & Dates
for
High Sierra Backpackers

 

Road Conditions, Resupply, Seasonal Transition Concerns, Permit Dates, Weather, Water, and Mosquitoes

 

 

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2019
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Backpacking Calendar

2019 INDEX

January         February         March         April         May         June

July         August         September         October         November         December

 

March
2019

Week 1

Week 2

Week 3

Week 4

Week 5

TRAILHEAD

Round Top
Summit City Canyon from Mount Reba.

ROUND TOP

Gateway to Summit City Creek & the first unmaintained segment of the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail

Trail Guide           Map           Miles and Elevations

 

UPDATE
March 2018
This year's light snowpack may burn the Sierra & most of California a "new one" if present drought precip trends continue into the rising heat of the Spring Thaw.

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Trail Guide          Map          Miles and Elevations

 

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March 2019

January       February     March       April       May       June     July     August     September       October       November       December

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday

 

 

 

OBSERVE
The Winter and its Snowpack.
HEAVY? LIGHT?
Character and Sources of Storms?
Are Spring Conditions arriving with Spring?

Snowpack Status            Sierra Reporting Stations

 

 

 

 

 

The
"Spring-O-Meter"

Just how early is spring arriving in your neighborhood? Find out .. .
US GEOLOGICAL SURVEY, February 23, 2017.

 

 

WINTER of 2018

 

 


All
High Sierra Weather Info

 



Latest Daily Snow Depth Summary

Daily Sierra Snowpack % of Normal pdf

Daily Snow-Water & Percent of Average

 

All Precipitation-Snow Data

All Snow Surveys

SWC & Snow Depth

 

 

 

 

Summer of 2018 Backpacking Plans?
Yosemite-Hoover-Desolation
&
John Muir Trail Hikers:

 

Time to
Order Next Year's Permits!

Reserved permits for June 2018 now available from Yosemite, Hoover, and Desolation Wilderness Areas. In other words, Yosemite, Desolation, and Hoover Wilderness Areas all offer advanced reservations about six months ahead of your desired hiking dates.

This means now is the time to get your JMT permit application, along with other popular hikes, into the Man.

Feb 18
Last year, during 2017, at this point in time I was estimating a powerful, potentially catastrophic Spring Thaw.

We had snow along the Sierra Crest through the whole Summer. Again, each year's thaw depends on the Winter snowpack against the profile of Spring temps and precip.

 


All Permits

Yosemite Permits         Desolation Wilderness

 

 

All Snow Information

December
Road News & Status Links

26 FEB

 

XXX & XXX

 

 

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27 FEB

 

 

REALTIME
High Sierra Crestline
Reporting Stations

Carson Pass
8388 feet

Ebbetts Pass
8660 feet

Leavitt Lake
9602 feet

Marine Base
6748 feet East Flank

Deadman Creek
9250 feet

Tuolumne Meadows
8600 feet

Tioga Pass/Dana
9798 feet

Gem Pass
10750 feet

Mammoth Pass
9500 feet


South Lake Cabin
9580 feet

Big Pine Sawmill
10200 feet

Bishop Pass
11972 feet

Charlotte Lake
10398 feet

Upr Tyndall Creek
11441 feet

 

All High Sierra
Reporting Stations

 


28 FEB

 

 

Winter Storm Warnings

All Sierra Forecast Zones

All Precip Forecasts

 

 

 

THE SNOWPACK

GRAPHICS

Date-Adjustable High Sierra Snowpack Status

 

GRAPHICS

NOAA-NOHRSC
The High Sierra
12-7-18

 

REPORTING
STATIONS

NEW
Temp & Snow Tables
by Watershed and Highway Corridor

 

Also See
All High Sierra Snowpack Data

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2018
Snow Depths & Temp

1

 

Informative
"Normal" Vs. Now

Forcasts & Reality
vs.
Averages

 

 

 

All High Sierra
ZONE
FORECASTS

 

All High Sierra
POINT
FORECASTS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


2018
Snow Depths & Temps

 

2018
Snowpack:

Percent of Average for
March 1.
(Change since Feb 24.)

N Sierra: 20%
(+3%)

Cen. Sierra: 27%
(+4%)

S Sierra: 22%
(+3%)

Ca State: 24%
(+5%)

Last
Feb 24, 2018

Statewide Summary of Snow Water Content PDF

2

 

 

All High Sierra
Reporting Stations

 

All Snow and Rain Precipitation Forecasts,
&
Snow Depth and/or
Inches of Water


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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All Forecasts

 

View of Sierra on March 4 by the...

MODIS
SIERRA SATELLITE

 

 

 

 

2018
Snow Depths & Temps

 

 

 

 

 

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2018
Snowpack:

Percent of Average for
March 5.
(Change since Feb 1.)

N Sierra: 30%
(+10%)

Cen. Sierra: 43%
(+16%)

S Sierra: 37%
(+15%)

Ca State: 37%
(+13%)

Last
Feb 24, 2018
March 1, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2017
Snow & Temp Report

 

 

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All Snow Information

 

All High Sierra
Reporting Stations

 

 

 

 

 

2018
Snow Depths & Temps

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9

 

All Sierra Forecast Zones

All Precip Forecasts

 

The Sierra
on
March 9
by...

MODIS
SIERRA SATELLITE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2018
Snow Depths & Temps

 

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2018
Snow Depths & Temps

 

 

 

 

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2018
Snow Depths & Temps

 

 

 

 

2017
Snow & Temps

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2018
Snow Depths & Temp

 

2018
Snowpack:

Percent of Average for
March 14
+/- change since
March 5

N Sierra: 32%
(+2%)

Cen. Sierra: 43%
(+0%)

S Sierra: 38%
(+1%)

Ca State: 38%
(+1%)

Last
March 5, 2018
March 1, 2018
Feb 24, 2018

Statewide Summary of Snow Water Content PDF

 

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2018
Snow Depths & Temp

 

 

 

2017
TTM setting up to begin Monday-Tuesday next?

(Tropical Transport Mechanism)

 

 

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2017
Snow & Temps

 

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2018
Snowpack:

Percent of Average for
March 20
+/- change since
March 14

N Sierra: 40%
(+8%)

Cen. Sierra: 55%
(+12%)

S Sierra: 43%
(+5%)

Ca State: 48%
(+10%)

Last
March 23
March 22
March 20
March 14, 2018 March 14, 2018
March 5, 2018
March 1, 2018
Feb 24, 2018

Statewide Summary of Snow Water Content PDF

 

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Snow Depths & Temps

 

 

 

 

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2018
Snowpack:

Percent of Average for
March 22
+/- change since
March 20

N Sierra: 43%
(+3%)

Cen. Sierra: 61%
(+6%)

S Sierra: 50%
(+7%)

Ca State: 52%
(+4%)

Last
March 23
March 22
March 20
March 14, 2018
March 5, 2018
March 1, 2018
Feb 24, 2018

Statewide Summary of Snow Water Content PDF

 

 

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Snow & Temps

 

 

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2018
Snow Depths & Temps

 

2018
Snowpack:

Percent of Average for
March 23
+/- change since
March 22

N Sierra: 44%
(+1%)

Cen. Sierra: 65%
(+4%)

S Sierra: 57%
(+7%)

Ca State: 56%
(+3%)

Last
March 23
March 22
March 20
March 14, 2018
March 5, 2018
March 1, 2018
Feb 24, 2018

Statewide Summary of Snow Water Content PDF

 

 

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2018
Snowpack:

Percent of Average for
March 27
+/- change since
March 23

N Sierra: 48%
(+4%)

Cen. Sierra: 65%
(=%)

S Sierra: 56%
(-1%)

Ca State: 58%
(+2%)

Last
March 23
March 22
March 20
March 14, 2018
March 5, 2018
March 1, 2018
Feb 24, 2018

Statewide Summary of Snow Water Content PDF

 

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Snow & Temps

 

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2018
Snow Depths & Temps

 

 

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2019

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Classic March
NOTES

 

 

 

Seasonal NOTES:

 

The Seasonal Backpacker

Nature of season.

Seasonal hopes…

If so, our goals, our speed, and our expectations have fully shifted into Winter Mode.

Our changing inner perspective ideally matches external environmental changes.

May your perspective always complement your environment, and visa-versa.

 

2014 Calendar          2015 Calendar

2016 Calendar          2017 Calendar

2018 Calendar

 

The Classic Feb. Question
Piercing Cold this month or just “Normal" Cold?

2016 Answer:
Hot as heck 1st through the 15th. No Cold.

2017 Answer:
Vast Rain and Snowfall from tropical sources typically bring wet, heavy, snow to the Sierra that is subject to chances of of being subjected to rainfall across the Sierra Crest. So it has been during 2017.

Therefore this season could be catagorized as having "warm" Winter conditions, despite the occasional plunges in temps we've seen a couple of times this Winter.

Last year's warmth during Feb was Summer-like, having little resemblence to typical "Wintertime" temps and weather patterns. The Winter heat of 2015 was even more abberent.

This year we are having real Wintertime conditions for the first time since the Winter of 2010-2011, yet this year's temps strike me as being a bit "warm" for typical Winter conditions.

The Classic Feb. Question
Heavy Snow Storms or None at All?

2017 Answer:
Feb. 15 Report
We have gotten pounded with record precip & snow.

Early Implications

1> Not an early start year for PCT-JMT hikers.

2> Potentially dangerous fording and trail conditions Spring & early in Summer.

3> Moist conditions all Summer long feeding mosquitoes all Summer long.

 

2016 Answer:
Feb. 15 Report
No Storms of significance to 15th.
No real storms hitting the Sierra for over two weeks, snow looking funky, coming apart, but high humidity bringing light snow when temps drop...
Snowpack retreating.

2017 Answer:
Adding Complexity
La Nina.

Weakening as of Jan 25. Diminishing, maybe ending...

 

 

February 2019

 

The nature of our Snow Backpacking trips are determined by the character of the snow.

Why?
Deep, soft, wet snow makes for rough going, as does fresh powder.

Cold hard well-packed snow can be faster than good trail.

2017:
BAD SNOW WARNINGS
See Jan 6-7, and Feb 8-9, among other examples of rain across the Sierra Crest

Happy Trails!

Tahoe to Whitney

 

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