Apparently California has been getting a ton of snow... USDA/NRCS graphic.
It feels like every week we report on another massive storm dropping ludicrous amounts of snow on California's mountains. After a full season of record-breaking snowfall, the volume of snow water equivalent (SWE) in the mountains around Lake Tahoe is more than double the historic average. This is great news for the drought-prone regions which depend on snowmelt to water crops and keep people showered.
Many regions face increased risk of serious flooding this spring. NOAA graphic.
That being said, the large volume of frozen water sitting in North America's mountains can lead to problems as well as solutions. NOAA is warning of major floods in several regions, particularly the Midwest. Depending on how quickly the continental mountain snowpack melts in the next couple of months, residents of the Dakotas, Nebraska, Minnesota, Iowa, Michigan, and Illinois may be cursing the snowfall that we've so enjoyed this season.
Colorado's San Juan Mountains. Wikipedia photo. Tragic news from Colorado: A woman has died in a freak accident while camping along the southern Colorado Trail. Running 567-miles from Denver to Durango, Colorado, the Colorado Trail is popular with long-distance mountain bikers, horse riders, thru-hikers, and trail runners. It passes below Grizzly Peak, a summit just north of Purgatory Resort, where as reported by the San Juan County Sheriff's Office, a woman was killed by a falling
A Canadian woman has survived a skydiving accident in which both her main and backup parachute failed to fully deploy. The unnamed 30-year-old fell more than 5,000 feet before she landed in trees in Trois-Rivières, Quebec. Radio Canada reported that the woman hit the ground going at least 37 miles an hour as many spectators looked on. Witnesses described the panic on the ground as the woman came crashing down, with many of them calling her survival a miracle. Incredibly, the woman
It might not be the biggest snowcat, but it sure does look snazzy. Panorama photo. Panorama Mountain Resort, located in southeastern British Columbia, nearly has more double-black trails than greens, blues, and blacks put together. As such, it should come as no surprise that they are also planning on operating an inbounds snowcat called "Monster X" to access far-flung, though fully avalanche-controlled zones in Taynton Bowl, located in the northern, AKA upper-left portion of the mountain. The