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Local Weather

Postby wildrose » Tue Feb 26, 2013 9:10 am

Sierra Snowpack
It's been bone dry here in Trona for the last several months, but up north things are looking pretty good... or at least a little bit above average. The further south from Mammoth, the worse it gets.
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According to the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power website, the Mammoth Pass snowpack, in terms of inches of water, sits at 33.4 inches which is right on top of the long term average for this time of year. December and January looked like we might get a banner snow year. February, not so great.

The DWP snow pillow measurements show Mammoth Pass at 99% of normal to date. Rock Creek, 64%. South Lake, 68%. Big Pine Creek, 55%. Cottonwood Lakes, 48%. Precipitation measurements look even more grim. Lee Vining tops the list with 75% of normal to date. Long Valley, 48%. Bishop, 26%. Big Pine, 20%. Independence, 29%.

LINK: http://www.sierrawave.net/23451/snow-and-gas-prices/
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Re: Local Weather

Postby panamint_patty » Wed Apr 03, 2013 8:10 am

Snowpack slips below 50%, according to LADWP
Not only is it dry, but the State Department of Water Resources said that this January and February were record dry months, dating back to 1895. Two dry years in a row could mean some pretty bad wildfires as things heat up and whole lot of other bad news!
Snow pillow measurements show Mammoth Pass at 82% of normal. Every place else sits under 50%. Rock Creek, 17%. South Lake, 39%. Big Pine Creek, 32% and Cottonwood Lakes in the south at 19%. Precipitation figures loom low too. Long Valley sits at 37% of normal to date. Bishop, 20%. Big Pine, 16%. Independence, 24%. South Haiwee, 12% and Los Angeles at 43%.

LINK: http://www.sierrawave.net/24036/snowpack-slips-below/
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Re: Local Weather

Postby BoraxBill » Wed May 08, 2013 8:46 am

9,624-Foot Sonora Pass, CA is OPEN | Earliest Opening in a Decade | Tioga Pass is OPEN to Pass from the East
Well, there's some good news and some bad news here. The good news is that the passes are opening early this year. The bad news is that we've had two dry winters in a row.
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What caused this early opening? Low snow. Sonora Pass is located in the Central Sierra and this year, all of the Sierra Nevada mountain range saw around 50% of normal snowfall. There hasn’t been a significant snowfall on Sonora Pass since December. Good weather, low snow, and warm temperatures allowed plowing to begin much earlier than normal and allowed plowing to progress much faster than normal.

LINK: http://snowbrains.com/9624-foot-sonora-pass-ca-is-open-earliest-opening-in-years-tioga-pass-likely-may-11th/
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Re: Local Weather

Postby mrfish » Fri May 10, 2013 8:06 am

Tioga Pass slated to open Saturday
Hopefully early pass openings
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don't mean lots of summer fires!
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Yosemite Park officials have indicated to Caltrans that Tioga Pass through the Park will open on Saturday, May 11th, dependent on the weather. For the latest in highway information please visit Caltrans QuickMap site at quickmap.dot.ca.gov or call our Road Condition Hotline at 1-800-427-ROAD (7623).

LINK: http://www.sierrawave.net/24677/tioga-pass-slated-to-open-saturday/
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Re: Local Weather

Postby cactuspete » Tue Jun 04, 2013 7:54 am

Powerhouse fire burning north of L.A.
This must be where all the smoke came from! 30,000 acres! Watch the part about the state of California. It looks like there may be a lot of fires this summer!
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Re: Local Weather

Postby CactusHugger » Wed Jul 24, 2013 7:45 am

Heavy rain and flash flood, 7-22-2013
This is from the Randsburgh/Redrock area south of Ridgecrest. I doubt that there were any flash floods quite like this in Searles Valley or Panamint Valley, but you never know since downpours can vary greatly in terms of intensity over just a short distance.
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Re: Local Weather

Postby wildrose » Fri Aug 02, 2013 8:48 am

Flash Floods and Road Damage
Most people probably noticed that Trona-Wildrose Road was closed north of the Inyo County line last week. Lots of other roads throughout Inyo County were also closed and some still are closed!
During the night, the rains took their toll on several roads from Big Pine to Death Valley to Lone Pine.
Saline Valley Road from Big Pine to Death Valley was closed Tuesday morning after flood waters on Monday cut a 40-foot deep by 50-foot wide hole in the roadway, according to Sheriff Bill Lutze. The road will remain closed indefinitely. Flood waters also wreaked havoc on portions of State Route 168 East, known as Westgard Pass. According to Caltrans District 9 Public Information Officer Florene Trainor, the entire pass was closed about 8 a.m. Tuesday from U.S. 395 outside of Big Pine to Nevada State Route 266. Crew members set out from either side to locate the damage, discovering huge ruts and “deep gullies” alongside the road as well as portions of highway that had been eroded away altogether near the top of the pass.

LINK: http://www.inyoregister.com/node/4908
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Re: Local Weather

Postby CactusHugger » Sat Aug 03, 2013 9:08 am

Death Valley floods, roads closed
Lots of roads closed down and it looks like it'll be a while before a lot of them get reopened! A couple of these roads seem to get washed out fairly regularly. Maybe they should have some engineers look into improving them so that this doesn't keep happening!
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LINK: http://pvtimes.com/community/death-valley-floods-roads-closed.html
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Re: Local Weather

Postby BallaratBob » Tue Aug 06, 2013 8:27 am

Roads, trails damaged by thunderstorms
The list of roads damaged by recent storms in Inyo County is pretty long! There are even more listed in the full article!!!!
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Areas on the Inyo National Forest with known damage include:

· Haiwee Pass Road and Trail – Road and trail are temporarily closed. There is major damage to the road, trailhead, and trail.

· Wyman Canyon Road – Road is impassable to passenger vehicles and very difficult to travel for off-highway vehicles.

· Foothill Road – Sections of the road are impassable to passenger vehicles as a result of wash outs at Shepherd Creek and the North Fork of Bairs Creek.

· Division Creek – Road is closed a half mile before the powerhouse.

· Mazourka Canyon – Road is closed.

LINK: http://www.sierrawave.net/25820/roads-trails-damaged-by-thunderstorms/
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Re: Local Weather

Postby Sparky of SoCal » Tue Aug 06, 2013 10:28 am

I hope the powers to be truly want to reopen the areas again and not use damage and budgets as a reason to keep them closed.
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