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 Post subject: Re: September wx
PostPosted: Sat Sep 16, 2017 11:22 pm 
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I felt the fall today on the coast...I'm so delighted!


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 Post subject: Re: September wx
PostPosted: Sun Sep 17, 2017 3:18 pm 
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Is the milky white on the mountains the snowpack, and if so how does it compare to other years? It looks like a lot to me.

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 Post subject: Re: September wx
PostPosted: Mon Sep 18, 2017 1:15 pm 
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snowhottie wrote:
playfulcoyote wrote:
Maybe I'll push the trip back another week and hope for an Indian summer. It sure was a short summer for me.


Thursday A slight chance of rain and snow showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 49.
Thursday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 29.
Friday Mostly sunny, with a high near 49.

Thats for Main Lodge level. Well I guess you could keep delaying and hoping for the best, but so did the Donner Party. :o


Day time highs at around 10,000 ft level are going to be under 40 degrees on Friday and down to the low twenties at night. I like it on the cold side but this is out of my comfort range to be spending the night in a light weight tent. I'm going to push it back a couple of weeks.

From Howard's latest post:
"The Climate Forecast systems inter-seasonal outlook this morning shows a return of summer like weather with warmer than normal temperatures the 1st half of October."

Sounds like it is going to be beautiful hiking weather if this holds true.


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 Post subject: Re: September wx
PostPosted: Mon Sep 18, 2017 2:28 pm 
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snowhottie wrote:
Is the milky white on the mountains the snowpack, and if so how does it compare to other years? It looks like a lot to me.

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I didn't get the chance to do much back country hiking this last summer but on the few hikes that I did do there are still some pretty good snowfields on the high peaks after a hot summer. There are still some good patches in areas where you can tell it avalanched. From the town of Mammoth you can see snow patches left on the Sherwin's and Mammoth Mtn. that are usually gone by late July. Last weekend I was hiking off Tioga pass road in Toulome Meadows and noticed lots and lots of dead little pines in the meadow that I hadn't noticed last year. At first I thought they didn't survive the drought which I thought was strange since they were in an area that usually has good water. Then I noticed that it was just the little trees under 4 feet and the lower sections of bigger trees. I then realized that it was from being burried under the snow for such a long time this last winter. I'm not sure if they drowned or if it was from lack of light for so long. If they drowned then why didn't the bigger trees (6-8 footers) die, just the bottom half of those were dead. It definitely was a unique winter. I would love to have another one like that again. I'll settle for a 400+ year.


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 Post subject: Re: September wx
PostPosted: Mon Sep 18, 2017 10:10 pm 
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playfulcoyote wrote:
From Howard's latest post:
"The Climate Forecast systems inter-seasonal outlook this morning shows a return of summer like weather with warmer than normal temperatures the 1st half of October."

Sounds like it is going to be beautiful hiking weather if this holds true.

Bless you Howard. This is what I've been praying for! I want to take my inflatable kayak up to Rock Creek Lake again like I did last Fall, paddle around and take photos of the fall colors from the water!

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 Post subject: Re: September wx
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Is there still snow in protected spots on the mountain?

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 Post subject: Re: September wx
PostPosted: Wed Sep 20, 2017 11:03 pm 
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snowhottie wrote:
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Is there still snow in protected spots on the mountain?

Yes quite a bit along the bottom of Climax, actually almost all the way from chair 9 to the bottom of Cornice. Plus some on Climax, Cornice, and Dave's. I'm amazed how much snow there is left along the crest of the Sierra and I don't expect much more to melt.


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 Post subject: Re: September wx
PostPosted: Thu Sep 21, 2017 1:20 am 
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Sonora Pass closed (temporarily) at 11:30 p.m. on Wed. 9/20.

Edited 9/21 a.m.: Tioga Pass also closed last night, but it is not reflected on the Caltrans website yet.

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 Post subject: Re: September wx
PostPosted: Thu Sep 21, 2017 7:20 am 
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Snow on the mountain! (Looks like a few inches.) A bit of wet stuff in town just barely sticking to roofs! 35 in town, 67 in the house.

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 Post subject: Re: September wx
PostPosted: Thu Sep 21, 2017 7:29 am 
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Wow, just checked out the web cams at Mammoth this morning. Snowing in the village and the Mountain looks like it got more than just a dusting of snow. I would say 2" plus. This weather should kick start the fall colors in a hurry.

Beat me to it SL, thanks for posting pics.


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 Post subject: Re: September wx
PostPosted: Thu Sep 21, 2017 7:34 am 
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^ or shorten the fall color season. :(

I have high hopes that we will still get to experience a warm Indian Summer after this passes. Colors have already begun in the high country. Been seeing photos of color in the Virginia Lakes area and upper Rock Creek Canyon. :)

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 Post subject: Re: September wx
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Sierra Lady wrote:
^ or shorten the fall color season. :(

I have high hopes that we will still get to experience a warm Indian Summer after this passes. Colors have already begun in the high country. Been seeing photos of color in the Virginia Lakes area and upper Rock Creek Canyon. :)



Yeah that's what I'm worried about. I have some friends wanting to come up for the fall colors but they can't make it until the last weekend of October. I fear the show will be over by then. The colors have just barely started so if it warms up again and the weather stays nice it might prolong the show. Or at least I'm hoping it will. We'll see how quickly they start to change after this cold snap.


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 Post subject: Re: September wx
PostPosted: Thu Sep 21, 2017 8:02 am 
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^ There's not usually much color left in the upper elevations by late October, but it may still be pretty in the Owens Valley and south of there at that time.

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 Post subject: Re: September wx
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 Post subject: Re: September wx
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