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Alpine Weather: The sun’s welcomed return

0 Comments 28 March 2011

What an incredible run of storms over the past 2 weeks.  Alpine already had a great base but now we should have more than enough snow to last through the spring.  Over the past 10 days up top Alpine Meadows has picked up 197 inches of snow, over the past 2 weeks 253 inches, and in the month of March 281 inches.  That brings the season total to 800 inches on the top of the mountain.

The sun is a welcome visitor this week as we allow the base to settle from all of the snow and we can finish digging out.  It is going to be quite a contrast as the ridge builds in this week and temperatures rise throughout the week.  Today we start in the 30′s but then rise into the 40′s on Tuesday and then the 50′s Thursday and Friday.  We could even break 60 at the base on Thursday and Friday.  That will make for some incredible spring skiing on the this huge base.

We still have almost 2 more months to go here so we are not done with snow yet.  The flow stays fairly progressive over the next couple of weeks, so the ridge moves to our east this weekend.  That will allow a storm to move in to our north on Saturday and Sunday.  It is looking pretty weak right now with only light snowfall on the mountain.  The biggest change will be windy and colder weather over the weekend with highs only in the 30s and 40s.

Long-range models can be pretty unreliable this time of year with the change in the seasons.  Teleconnections may be more telling as they are a semi-constant in the chaos of the weather patterns.  They favor a ridge along the West Coast through next week and the models do show a ridge moving back in the beginning of next week.  As we go into the second week of April the teleconnection forecasts show a pattern that would once again favor a retrogression of the ridge and a trough along the West Coast.  That could mean the return of below average temps and some snow.

Enjoy the nice weather during the weekdays these next two weeks as we see sunny skies and nice temps.  We have an amazing snowpack to start April.  BA

BA The Weather Guru - who has written 30 posts on Ski Alpine Meadows.
The Weather Guru specializes in long range storm forecasting and snowfall predictions for the Tahoe Basin. He studied meteorology at Kean University and has been tracking snowstorms for over 20 years. He considers himself a Hobbyist that is passionate about weather and obsessed with big snowstorms.

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