In the meanwhile, for those of you eager to start the summer high mountain hiking season, mother nature may slow you down... Check out this graph (from the SNOTEL snow monitoring network). The pink line shows the average precipitation (in inches), over the last 30 or so years, at the Paradise climate station. The light blue line shows the average SWE (snow water equivalent), which is a measure of how much snow there is on the ground, on average, at Paradise. Now, check out the dark blue and red lines - those represent total precipitation (dark red) and SWE in 2018. You can see that for most of the winter, we were tracking average conditions, which implies an early July snowmelt at Paradise. In the last 2 weeks, however, we've gotten a lot of snow in the high mountains, and are at above average precipitation and snow at Paradise. So, our season may start a bit later than usual!
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