Its Official……Wettest December On Mammoth Mt On Record!

It’s 6:15am Wednesday morning and I can not help but see the snow piling up in my back yard! It over my windows and everywhere! Another two feet has fallen over night and it is still snowing heavily. Even after the Nine feet that fell a week earlier and the settling that took place, it is back up again to record heights! The forecast? Another foot today!

As of 6:15AM Mammoth Mountain has picked up another 27 inches over night at the Main Lodge. That means that December is 205 inches for the month so far with the old record at 140 inches set back in 1972. The season total with Oct and Nov stands at a whopping 299 inches. Again we are expecting another 3 to 7 inches today!

The main subtropical Juice Band associated with the first front will be shifting through the area the next few hours,  and so the snowfall should become a bit lighter.  That will be followed by an Arctic front with much colder air coming through late this afternoon. There will be a period of strong wind associated with the Arctic front mid afternoon with potential white out conditions….. I do hope that we do not have any additional power outages.

Updating….


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More Snow On The Way For Mammoth!

Just a quick update the morning….


It looks like a fine day to be up on the hill…  Light winds and partly cloudy skies Temperature’s will be in the lower 30s today on Mammoth Mountain.


The next storm is looking good..

The current Gulf of Alaskan upper low will push southeast and open into a Trof as it encounters a moist deep layered westerly flow from beyond the Hawaiian Islands. So the pump will be primed ahead of the modified Arctic Air that will follow from Western Canada.

Tuesday night and early Wednesday look prime time for moderate to heavy snowfall here in the Mammoth area. As compared to the last storm, which did not have a orographic component…this one will.

Additionally snow levels will plummet Wednesday afternoon and evening and so a nice shot of powery snow will follow with the cold front later in the day and into Wednesday night.

Again….the initial part of the storm will be wet with higher moisture content…however it will be followed by dryer snowfall……


A good two feet is likely on the hill with lesser amounts in town…..


The Dweeber……………………:-)

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Building Upper Ridge Over The Eastern Pacific Spells Cooler Weather This Weeks Second Half….More Snow On The Way!

Building HT 500 Hts over the Eastern Pacific the next few days will change the upper flow from more out of the NNW while a long wave trof is carved out over the Great Basin in the 5 Day Means. There will be at least one and possibly two significant systems that will effect the Mammoth area through weeks end. The most significant system is associated with a 130knot upper jet that becomes more NNW-SSE orientated as the the upstream ridge builds between 160w and 140w. Mammoth becomes in the front left exit region during the day Wednesday. Additionally, there appears to be two jets with this system. One associated with a dampening short wave in the anticyclonic flow in the mid latitudes Tuesday,  and the other stronger system associated with the upstream amplification that actually over runs the mid latitude upper jet. The primary jet seems to prime the atmosphere,  prior to the stronger short waves arrival on Wednesday.  Mammoth could get 2+ feet of powder over the crest between Tuesday night and Wednesday night. Additionally, cold modified Arctic air gets pulled down from north of 60N Thursday for a day of teens in Mammoth Lakes. With night time lows in the single digits and minus zeros Friday am. 


New Years Eve System:

In addition to the above……There has been several GFS ensemble members indicating a short wave coming through the upper ridge for New Years Eve. I did not see it on last night EC, but the GFS has several members with it.  So for the time being….there is a chance of Snow around News years as well.

First Week of 1011:

Best guess?

Unsettled…..snow showers. The GFS has the Eastern Pacific High still amped around 140W to 145W and shots of energy could continue into the Great Basin (inside sliders) so it will remain colder then normal for January. However, the ECMWF 12z Sunday runs shows a split flow pattern with a pretty strong southern stream for the southern half of Ca. We’ll see how she develops!

Phase Space:

The “Wheeler Headon” phase space; See:  http://cawcr.gov.au/staff/mwheeler/maproom/RMM/phase.Last40days.html

suggests an increase of tropical convection over the Maritime Continent. However its too soon to say if it will be an MJO. Will check on CPC chatter next week.

If indeed we do have a MJO….watch and see if  another block or REX block develops between Hawaii and the Dateline toward the middle of January.


The Dweeber……:-)

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Disclaimer: I have been a hobbyist meteorologist for over 30 years here in the Mammoth area and I do this for my personal enjoyment. The National Weather Service saves lives every day . . . I do not. When making important planning decisions please use information provided by the National Weather Service as they are the most knowledgeable and accurate information source available today.