Tree, Poison Flat, Carson Iceberg Lake Tahoe to Mount Whitney: Your Backpacking Guide to the High Sierras Yellow Flower
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Leavitt Massif blowing off some Winter Chill

 

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SIERRA WEATHER NORTHERN SIERRA WEATHER CENTRAL SIERRA WEATHER SOUTHERN SIERRA WEATHER LAKE TAHOE WEATHER MAP CARSON PASS WEATHER
MAP
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High Sierra Backpacker
LOCAL
Weather, Temperature
and
Conditions Information

UPDATE NOTICE

The Northern Sierra Weather Section is under Active Construction, matching progress on the trail guide.

The Central and Southern Sierra pages are inactive & incomplete, and will remain so until I get to constructing the associated sections of the trail guide.

Consult the All Sierra Weather page for complete information, if not as well organized by Sierra region.

Our goal is to provide pinpoint backpacking weather conditions information to supplement trail guide descriptions with good gear-selection information. Thick information for all aspects of your trip planning considerations.

In the meantime we've got a bird's eye view of High Sierra weather informaton up and down the Sierra Crest on the All Sierra Weather page.

The custom weather pages covering the trails between Tahoe to Sonora Pass are almost completed. The rest will follow, eventually.

In the meantime, use the All Sierra Weather page.

All
Sierra Nevada Weather

 

High Sierra Calendar

 

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and
Smoke Information

 

NORTHERN
SIERRA WEATHER
(Working)

 

CENTRAL
SIERRA WEATHER
(Partial-incomplete)

 

SOUTHERN
SIERRA WEATHER
(static-incomplete)

 

ALL
HIGH SIERRA
CRESTLINE

Watershed
Snow Water Content Tables

with
Selected
REAL TIME

Individual Reporting Stations'
SNOW DEPTH
&
TEMPERTURE

Track these Selected Station Readings over time on the
HIGH SIERRA BACKPACKER'S CALENDAR

And
Find all their Associated Crestline and Watershed Stations grouped together Below

Hwys
80 & 50
Hwy
88 W
Hwy
108 E
Hwy
120 W
Hwy
395
Hwy
395
Kings
River
Tahoe
Stations
Carson Pass
Stations
Sonora Pass Stations
Emigrant
N Yos
Hwy
395
Kings
River
Kings
River

Tahoe Basin
Watershed

Trail Map

Station Map

 

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

American-Yuba Watersheds

Trail Map

Station Map

Carson Pass
8353 feet

 

 

Hwy
4
East

Trail Map

Ebbetts Pass Stations


Hwy
4
East

Carson-
Walker
Watershed
s

Trail Map

Ebbetts Pass
8765 feet

Highland Meadow
7798 feet

Leavitt Lake
9617 feet

Trail Map

Leavitt Meadow
7198 feet

Marine Base
FULL REPORT
VIS-CHIL-WEA-MB-WIND
6748 feet

 

Mokelumne-Stanislaus Watersheds

Hwy
108
West

Trail Map

Deadman Creek
9250 feet

Sonora Pass
8827 feet

Tuolumne-Merced
Watersheds

Trail Map

Tuolumne Meadows
8600 feet

 

Tioga Pass/Dana
9798 feet

Mammoth Mountain Ski
RESORT

Trail Map

Mono Lake-Owens Basin Watershed

 

Gem Pass
10750 feet

 

Mammoth Pass
9500 feet

South Lake Cabin
9580 feet

Trail Map

Big Pine Sawmill
10200 feet


Kings
River

Kings River
Watershed

Trail Map

Bishop Pass
11972 feet

 

Charlotte Lake
10398 feet

Trail Map

 

Kern
River

Kern Watershed

Trail Map

Upr Tyndall Creek
(station not
reporting again)

Reporting Station
Networks

Snotel

Click Snotel above,
&
Scroll Down
for:

Meso West
REPORTING STATIONS

&

Ca Dept Water Resources

 

MORE DATA

Daily
Snow Sensor Report

All CDEC Snow Info

 

Figure it Out
Convert
Water into Snow
&
Back Again!

 

 


Snow Water Content
vs.
Snow Depth?

 

 

Snow Water Equivalent, Density, Temp,
and
Snow Depth


CALIFORNIA
Spring Thaw
River Forecasting

Central

ALL CA GOV WA WA INFO

BELOW
Selected

California
Forecasts, Stages, & Reports

Peak
SPRING THAW
Stream Flow
Forecast

 

WHEN?

 

All
Current River Stages

Selected
Stage Reports

Current
San Joaquin

 

Current
American-Bear-Yuba

 

Current
Truckee-Carson-Walker

Forecast
Bulletins

Selected
Bulletins

 

San Joaquin River

 

East Sierra

 

 

California Major Reservoirs Graphic

 

All
Drought-Flood Information

Forecast
Guidanc Plots

 

Selected
Plot Reports

Mokelumne at Bensens Ferry near Thornton, 0'.

Stanislaus at ORANGE BLOSSOM BRIDGE,117'.

TUOLUMNE RIVER AT MODESTO (MOD). 90'.

Merced at Pohono Br Nr Yosemite,
3862'.

San Joaquin Newman, 90'.

San Joaquin Patterson, 97'.

East FK Carson,
NR Markleeville
, 5400'.

West Walker NR Hwy 395 below Little Walker, 5520'.

Our Goal

Clarity

After using the snow and temp reporting stations to track our Fall into Winter and Winter into Spring's snow and temperature profiles we will turn to using them to monitor the change in weather bringing the rise of temps into the Spring Thaw.

We will now use our High Sierra reporting station observation tools to monitor the warming and melting snow pack in conjunction with deploying our water tools to observe the rate of rising rivers.
The pace of the melting and the rising of the rivers should give us a pretty good idea of just when the Spring Thaw River Flows are becoming dangerous, if not impassable in the High Country.

That's the goal, to determine when the main flow of the Spring Thaw reaches critical dangerous phases. In the meantime we can track the line of muck, melt, and mosquitoes as the thaw line leads an explosion of life moving up the Sierra Flanks.

We either want to be there as that happens, or wait awhile until it and the associated dangerous fording conditions calm down a bit. We do want to miss any catastrophic melts and flows... but your timing really depends on what you're in it for. We want to get the best picture of what's happening right now. It's up to you decide if that's good for you.

You decide if those conditions match your expectations, fitness, gear, and skills. But we've got to understand, even with as good a look as we can get using all the technical and personal means at our disposal, we are still entering the unknown.

Know That Clearly!

 


 

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