Utah is off to a very slow season for snowpack totals. Most areas across Utah are totaling between 10% and 40% average annual snowpack. A few spots are close to average on the North end of the state, but the rest of Utah is high and dry.
Below average snowpack across a majority of the state. via KSL.com
This summer up in the Bugaboos, the locals were talking about how many scientists up in British Columbia were blaming the prolonged droughts to the smokey air from the fires. It’s hard not to believe it when forecasted storms were literally disappearing around us. I’ve talked about this theory with several of my friends about the Salt Lake Valley. As more and more people crowd into the valley floor, and the pollution levels continuing to increase, I have watched several patterns over the past 8 years separate around Utah to the North and South when pollution levels are red light PPM.
The resorts this season not only don’t have ample amounts of fresh snow, they are almost bone dry because of the prolonged heat that we have been encountering to start this season. Snowmaking across Utah has been scarce. There is still time for winter to turn on but it makes me wonder about the snowpack to come over the next 10 years in Utah and what it will become.
Park City Mountain Resort high and dry.
For now we anxiously await an incoming low pressure expecting to dump up to 2 feet in Little Cottonwood Canyon and what the cycles after this storm will produce. Pray for snow!
Rip on Psyche,