(with your support), which means we will be able to run MeadoWatch at full capacity this summer. As part of
our crowdfunding campaign, we posted quite a few lab notes about MeadoWatch, please check them out
here (we also posted them to our facebook page).
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!
Stay tuned for news about our orientation sessions.