Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Garfield in Gray

Despite a busy weekend, I managed to slip away to Crater Lake National Park Sunday afternoon for a quick tour on Garfield Peak, which received more than two feet of snow... plus a lot of rain. While the northern part of Oregon was locked in cold air (and Eugene received a once-a-decade winter storm), we in southern Oregon were on the warm side of a frontal boundary, and thus received rain even on the highest peaks. Accordingly, this tour featured a healthy dose of Cascade cement.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

A major winter storm on the way?

After months of blocking storms, the Ridiculously Resilient Ridge appears to be gone from the west coast (for now), and a series of storms will move into southern Oregon and northern California over the next week. It's a pineapple express event, so there may be some trickiness with the snow levels this weekend, but according to some models there's a potential for 4 feet (or more) of snow at Crater Lake!

This storm could go a long way toward recovering our snowpack deficit. Keep doing your snow dances...