March 1st, 2015



If I was an actor living in Hollywood I might be referring to the Screen Actors Guild. But since I'm a geeky hydrologist it refers to the term "snow all gone." Usually it refers to the date in spring when the final snow melts at measuring stations. The one thing I have learned in the 16 years I have lived in ABQ is that snow rarely sticks around for longer than a day. There was one particularly big storm in '06 where the snow stuck around for about a week due to unseasonably cold temps, but usually you have to enjoy the white stuff very quickly. The 5" of snow was largely gone from the mesa yesterday mostly because it's a south-facing slope. Today it was warm and sunny so anyplace that was not north-facing and in the shade quickly became snow-free. If you pulled into the city today there would be almost no trace of the chaos that happened Friday evening. I guess that's just another benefit of living here in the land of entrapment.