Snowpack is in good shape for the West Slope!
Thursday – 2 Mar 2023 – 6:00pm
The average low for February is 9 and the average high is 42. The record high of 60 occurred on 27 February 1988. The record low of -39 occurred on 1 February 1916. Precip averages 2.02″ in February with 23.1″ of snow. Wolf Creek Pass averages 4.3″ of liquid equivalent and 68.7″ of snow.
How did we do?
Snowpack and Drought…
The average low for March is 15 and the average high is 49. The record high of 73 occurred on 19 March 1907. The record low of -25 occurred on 1 March 1913. Precip averages 1.77″ in March with 19.5″ of snow. Wolf Creek Pass averages 4.9″ of liquid equivalent and 75.8″ of snow.
And what do we expect?
Arleen is the expert and this is what she expects…
March came in like a lion and we’re not sure it will leave like a lamb. We are still under the influence of the enhanced MJO sector which should influence systems impacting us the second week of March. The waters in the equatorial areas have warmed and the ENSO is now neutral. The polar front jet and associated lows and frontal systems should be progressing in the northern hemisphere on a regular basis – every 4 days to 10 days. At the same time we still have the potential for a Arctic Atmosphere stratosphere warming event resulting in a cold air outbreak and temperatures below average with deeper lows. On the other hand, the earth is tipping back towards the sun, our days are longer, and our temperatures are warming. Snow will be melting faster and we’ll start to see more rain/mixed precip in the lower elevations. For March we’ll see just above average precipitation and cooler temperatures than average.
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