Where’s the snow!

In Environment, Weather

Yosemite January 3, 2011 and January 3,2012

Jorma, the guy who makes the awesome time-lapse videos from the Yosemite Conservancy webcams, posted a photo on his website that mirrors exactly what I’ve been wondering the last couple of weeks. Where’s the snow?

The top image shows Yosemite exactly one year ago. The bottom image shows the same view a year later. It’s obvious what’s missing.

No snow is great news for people looking to go through the higher passes (they’re all still open!) but it’s terrible news for those of us who rely on the Sierra snowpack for water, ski resorts who have yet to open, business who rely on the winter ski enthusiasts and hotels who are seeing people cancel their reservations because there’s still no snow.

Whether you believe in the “global warming” or that 2012 is the year the world ends there’s no denying that something is obviously going on. I’ve lived in this area for 40 years now and have been credited with having one exceptional memory and I can honestly say, I’ve never seen the Sierra without snow this late in the year.

Photo by Jorma Rodieck.

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3 commentsOn Where’s the snow!

  • That’s a killer combo, shows just how bad it really is this year. Yikes.

  • Not sure where The Department of Water Resources got their 19% number from but from the looks of the images it seems to me 0% percent of normal would be a closer estimate.

    • Yeah it’s kind of a ludicrous statement. I guess if they came out and said “It’s zero.” everyone would freak out and there’d be rioting in the streets.

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