Sabot L'ours (sabotlours) wrote,
Sabot L'ours

Let It Snow Let It Snow Let It Snow!

Whoot! New Mexico is getting its first major snowstorm of the year. Being that I am a water bear, my eye is constantly on the mountains in Winter because the more snow we have up there early in the year, the less I have to worry later in the season. Take last year. We got dumped on in late December. Snowpack data showed that we were almost 200% above average. We started scrambling to make room in the reservoirs in anticipation of potential massive flooding in Spring. For better or worse, the snow making machine got shut off HARD in Feb and Mar which made it so that by the time things started to melt, we were just about average.

This year was shaping up to be another bad one. I was not panicky yet because it's still very early. Like I had mentioned, however, if you fall behind in the early part of the year, it can be hard to make up that difference later. The storm track was setting up further north which is a very bad thing. That means we get warm and dry conditions. There is no strong signal from El Nino nor La Nina this year, so the forecast was anybody's guess. It was only last week when our local weather guys said that the jet stream may be swinging south and that we could be in for a very white Xmas especially in the mountains. I don't give a rat's behind if we don't get any snow down here in the city. I want the northern mountains to get buried! It looks like we're off to a good start this week. I am hearing very encouraging reports that we're setting up for a pipeline of storms to be heading right at us from the Pacific NW. Keep sending that moisture, guys!

BTW, if you're living in the West and want to see how your state is doing in terms of % average to date. You can check out the SNOTEL website found HERE. One of our principle basins went from 80% of average to 100% overnight. Yay!
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