10:50am Update.

Light band of snow has moved into Northern Mono County. Snow showers should develop before noon here in Mammoth….Expect about an inch by tonight. 

Locals are saying it the best skiing now of the season! If you’ve thrown in the towel on the 2012 winter…your missing out big time……The Dweebs are expecting that the next 4 to 6 weeks will be fabulous as a deepening snow pack continues to improve on the existing base….  

Skies currently clouding up as surface front approaches….A band of light precip is fizzling to the west of Alpine County while the main band approaches Tahoe. Not sure how much will be left by the time it gets down here today…. Cooling and breezy WX is the main theme today with further cooling tomorrow. 

In the back of this system…an upper high aloft will build in across the west. Gradients will increase resulting in off shore flow pattern developing Monday through mid week. This will bring gusty winds to the Sierra Crest beginning Monday that will increase Monday night into Tuesday. Winds will probably be in the 80mph+ class out of the N then eventually out of the NE. An extended period of these winds will create Santanna conditions for Southen Ca. next week. Winds are likely to continue through Thursday.  (Note) The Town of Mammoth and the lower slopes are effected much less from these winds.

Longer Range:

Confidence at this time is increasing for a change in the pattern the last week of February with “MJO Induced Retrogression” of the pattern over the north pacific. The upper jet contracts westward in response to tropical forcing over the Indian Ocean by the end of February as the PNA sign flips from + to -.  Both EC and GFS Global models maybe picking up on this now as they are showing retrogression in the long wave pattern. Today’s 12z operational GFS as well as last nights 00z 7 day means centered on day 11 show retrogression of the Eastern pacific high westward to Hawaiian islands and beyond. See: http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/cpc/cpc_NAM_f264wbg.gif 

With the support of the MJO now entering Phase Space 2…..the odds for a series of storms that will be beneficial to the Sierra Snow-pack is looking better, beginning about the end of the month into the first week of March.  At this time the NCEPs 8 to 14 day outlook does not show above normal or even average precip for Ca. This may change in the coming days….. 


Dr Howard and the Dweebs………………………..:-) 

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