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Alpine Weather: A Return to Spring

0 Comments 11 April 2011

With the 16+ inches from the storm last week Alpine has now picked up over 800 inches on the season up top.  The  base is now around 23 feet up top and 12 feet at the bottom.  That will be the peak of our base as we go into Spring but it’s a big one and it will last well beyond the end of the season. 

 There are no significant cold storms on the horizon, but the good news is that aren’t any warm storms with rain either and the temperatures will be staying right around average for this time of year.

The pattern over the Pacific right now is similar to the pattern in December with the low pressure spinning in the Gulf of Alaska and the ridge near the Bering Sea.  The difference is that the jetstream is weaker now and the moisture is going to be pulled up into the Pacific NW and Northern tip of CA.  We will be getting several storms that miss just to our North over the next two weeks with a weak ridge sitting along the CA coast.

This pattern will bring us clouds, wind, and slightly cooler temperatures as the storms go by to our North today, Wednesday, & Friday.  The tail end of the moisture may come far enough South to bring some light snow up top.  Temps will be around average in the 40′s up high and 50′s at the base between the storms on Tuesday, Thursday and this weekend. 

The pattern looks to break up the beginning of next week over the Pacific and then another low sets up in the Gulf of Alaska bringing more storms to the Pacific NW.  In this pattern over the next couple of weeks we will have some warmer days and some cooler days and chances of light precip. 

It would not take much of a shift of the trough to the South and East to bring us some snow.  We will have to keep monitoring the weather over the next couple of weeks.  The teleconnections are still favorable for storms to move into Northern CA and the long-range models show normal to slightly above normal precip for our area.  That would lead me to believe we could still get one more decent storm before the end of the month.  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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