Snowpack Summary:

Season Summary

The ongoing western U.S.. drought (2012-2015) presents a fine example of how variable the climate in this region of the world can be when compared with average or above average winters. Prolonged dry periods are not abnormal on geologic timescales and may be the rule rather than the exception, contrary to what we would prefer. The days of skiing  the many classic ski descents in the southern Sierra from summit to sagebrush may not happen very often.  

We have gotten a taste of what is possible in terms of dry winters. Most likely, a decent or even great snow year will occur in the next few years but there are no guarantees. In the nine years...

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