July is here. The solstice has come and gone. Every day we’re getting closer to another winter season. Many people have put summer wax on the skis and transitioned to warm weather sports like hiking, biking, fishing, or rafting. But there are still a few diehards out there.
Looking at the mountains, there are still some skiable north facing lines and plenty of permanent snow fields. Most snotel sites have stopped recording the SWE, but there are still a few with high numbers. Can you believe that the Tahoe region is 15800% of normal? Most of the PNW is over 100%. If you’re trying to make turns all years, it might be time for a road trip!
Let’s take a look at the snow data for the western US compared to normal. Below is the Westwide SNOTEL Current Snow Water Equivalent % of Normal as of July 1, 2017. You can link to the most recent data from the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service here. It’s updated daily throughout the winter.
See how this SNOTEL data compares to past weeks and months in our past Snotel posts.
SnoTel data is one of the best ways to find out where the snowpack is deep and the coverage is above average. Are you already to plan your next skiing adventure? Enjoy the snow – or what’s left of it. Be safe out there.
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