February 24th, 2012 Winter Weather Event Updates – Waterbury, Vermont

 

A short summary of this winter storm is also available in the J&E Productions web log.

 

 

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

 

 

There are already some nice accumulations down with the two appetizer systems we’ve just had.  If the third one pans out it’s going to be a great weekend on the slopes.  Winter Storm Warnings and Winter Weather Advisories have been put up with 6 to 10 inches of snow being called for in the warning area, although it looks like the anticipated accumulations map still needs to be updated.

 

http://jandeproductions.com/2012/23FEB12D.jpg

 

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NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BURLINGTON VT

300 PM EST THU FEB 23 2012

 

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ORLEANS-ESSEX-LAMOILLE-CALEDONIA-WASHINGTON-ORANGE-WINDSOR-

EASTERN FRANKLIN-EASTERN CHITTENDEN-EASTERN ADDISON-

EASTERN RUTLAND-

INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...NEWPORT...ISLAND POND...JOHNSON...

STOWE...ST. JOHNSBURY...MONTPELIER...BRADFORD...RANDOLPH...

SPRINGFIELD...WHITE RIVER JUNCTION...ENOSBURG FALLS...RICHFORD...

UNDERHILL...BRISTOL...RIPTON...EAST WALLINGFORD...KILLINGTON

300 PM EST THU FEB 23 2012

 

...WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 4 AM FRIDAY TO 7 AM EST

SATURDAY...

 

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BURLINGTON HAS ISSUED A WINTER

STORM WARNING...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 4 AM FRIDAY TO 7 AM EST

SATURDAY. THE WINTER STORM WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.

 

* LOCATIONS...CENTRAL AND EASTERN VERMONT.

 

* HAZARD TYPES...MODERATE TO HEAVY SNOW.

 

* ACCUMULATIONS...SNOW ACCUMULATION OF 6 TO 10 INCHES.

 

* TIMING...BEGINNING EARLY FRIDAY MORNING FROM THE SOUTH...WITH

  SNOW HEAVIEST DURING THE MID-MORNING THROUGH EARLY AFTERNOON

  HOURS. UPSLOPE SNOW INTO THE GREEN MOUNTAINS WILL CONTINUE

  THROUGH FRIDAY NIGHT.

 

* IMPACTS...FOR THE MORNING HOURS ON INTO EARLY AFTERNOON

  FRIDAY...AREA ROADWAYS WILL BE HAZARDOUS DUE TO SLICK

  CONDITIONS.

 

* WINDS...SOUTHEAST 5 TO 10 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 25 MPH.

 

* TEMPERATURES...LOWS IN THE MID 20S. HIGHS IN THE LOWER 30S.

 

* VISIBILITIES...1 MILE OR LESS AT TIMES IN MODERATE TO BRIEFLY

  HEAVY SNOW.

 

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

 

A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW MEANS SEVERE WINTER WEATHER

CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING.  SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW

ARE FORECAST THAT WILL MAKE TRAVEL DANGEROUS. ONLY TRAVEL IN AN

EMERGENCY. IF YOU MUST TRAVEL...KEEP AN EXTRA FLASHLIGHT...FOOD...

AND WATER IN YOUR VEHICLE IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY.

 

PLEASE STAY TUNED TO NOAA WEATHER RADIO...YOUR LOCAL MEDIA...OR

GO TO WWW.WEATHER.GOV/BURLINGTON FOR FURTHER UPDATES ON THIS

WEATHER SITUATION.

 

 

View Postdrew13btv, on 23 February 2012 - 04:07 PM, said:

 

BTV's new map.

 

I saw the new map as well, but based on the wording in the Winter Storm Warning (and the fact that there are Winter Storm Warnings) I have to think it needs an update?

 

 

View Postpowderfreak, on 23 February 2012 - 04:26 PM, said:

 

New 18z NAM is like the 12z ECM in that our snowfall up here is a lot later than it was looking before. Now its mostly a Friday evening and overnight event.

 

Yeah, I just looked at the WunderMap snowfall output from the 12Z ECMWF, one can see the way that upslope snow just keeps hanging around as the system pulls northeast; snow is falling for close to 36 hrs (~1:00 P.M. EDT Friday to ~10:00 P.M. EDT Saturday) in that solution.  That could make for a good weekend on the slopes assuming winds don’t mess with the snow/lifts excessively.

 

 

Friday, February 24th, 2012

 

 

I’ve added the latest BTV NWS advisories and warnings maps, and their updated Storm Total Forecast Map below:

http://jandeproductions.com/2012/23FEB12A.jpg


http://jandeproductions.com/2012/23FEB12B.jpg


Our current point forecast hasn’t really changed that much from what I’ve been seeing, it sums to 6 to 12 inches, but that now includes Saturday, and the Friday/Friday night section is still in that 5 to 9 inch range. With the higher numbers shown in the mountains now on the Storm Total Forecast Map, presumably they are incorporating some of the upslope snow.

It was very interesting to hear Roger Hill downplay the storm during his entire broadcast, so clearly he’s not liking what he’s seeing. He said that today the snow would start around midday, and be wet and mixed with rain in the valleys. He thinks that there will be a couple inches of accumulation, but that would even be a stretch for some of the valleys. Tonight he’s going with 2 to 4 inches of additional snow accumulation, and then tomorrow a dusting to 2 inches. So if one adds up those numbers, for the valleys it sounds like he’s going with 4 to 8 inches through Saturday. That is a bit lower than what the NWS has for our location through that period, but not all that different from my perspective. He also indicated that totals would be notably higher in the mountains, but didn’t give numbers there. I’m not sure what Roger’s original forecast was, but he says this storm is a “fizzler”.

 

 

Indeed, listening to Roger Hill this morning (see my post above), apparently it’s already busted or “fizzled” from what he was thinking (not sure what that was though). He seemed really focused on the front end of the storm in his broadcast though, and didn’t really talk about the upslope/backside component.

 

 

View PostAllenson, on 23 February 2012 - 04:42 PM, said:

 

I think that BTV map is a mistake. I would trust the wording of the warning as to what they think is going to take place. At least that's what I keep telling myself.

Edit: map was just corrected. Have a look, dudes.

 

Yeah, more what I would expect:

 

http://jandeproductions.com/2012/23FEB12E.jpg

 

 

I noticed that in their update this evening the NWS bumped the point forecast for this area a bit to 5-11” through Friday night, with adjustment to 6-12” for the higher elevations.  I’ve added the latest projected accumulations map and Winter Storm Warning text below:

 

http://jandeproductions.com/2012/23FEB12J.jpg

 

WWUS41 KBTV 240248

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URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BURLINGTON VT

948 PM EST THU FEB 23 2012

 

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ORLEANS-ESSEX-LAMOILLE-CALEDONIA-WASHINGTON-ORANGE-WINDSOR-

EASTERN FRANKLIN-EASTERN CHITTENDEN-EASTERN ADDISON-

EASTERN RUTLAND-

INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...NEWPORT...ISLAND POND...JOHNSON...

STOWE...ST. JOHNSBURY...MONTPELIER...BRADFORD...RANDOLPH...

SPRINGFIELD...WHITE RIVER JUNCTION...ENOSBURG FALLS...RICHFORD...

UNDERHILL...BRISTOL...RIPTON...EAST WALLINGFORD...KILLINGTON

948 PM EST THU FEB 23 2012

 

...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 4 AM FRIDAY TO

7 AM EST SATURDAY...

 

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BURLINGTON CONTINUES THE WINTER

STORM WARNING...FROM 4 AM FRIDAY TO 7 AM EST SATURDAY.

 

* LOCATIONS...CENTRAL AND EASTERN VERMONT.

 

* HAZARD TYPES...MODERATE TO HEAVY SNOW.

 

* ACCUMULATIONS...SNOW ACCUMULATION OF 6 TO 10 INCHES.

 

* TIMING...SNOW BEGINNING FRIDAY MORNING FROM THE SOUTH...WITH

  SNOW HEAVIEST DURING THE LATE AFTERNOON AND EVENING HOURS.

  UPSLOPE SNOW INTO THE GREEN MOUNTAINS WILL CONTINUE THROUGH

  FRIDAY NIGHT.

 

* IMPACTS...AREA ROADWAYS WILL BE HAZARDOUS DUE TO SLICK

  CONDITIONS.

 

* WINDS...SOUTH 5 TO 10 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 25 MPH.

 

* TEMPERATURES...LOWS IN THE MID 20S. HIGHS IN THE LOWER 30S.

 

* VISIBILITIES...1 MILE OR LESS AT TIMES IN MODERATE TO BRIEFLY

  HEAVY SNOW.

 

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

 

PLEASE STAY TUNED TO NOAA WEATHER RADIO...YOUR LOCAL MEDIA...OR

GO TO WWW.WEATHER.GOV/BURLINGTON FOR FURTHER UPDATES ON THIS

WEATHER SITUATION.

 

 

As of ~11:00 A.M., all the mountains along the spine in the Central Greens from Camel’s Hump southward have disappeared into snow, so it appears as though precipitation is getting close to the Northern Greens.

 

 

As of ~11:20 flakes are starting to fall here in Burlington.

 

 

I just took a walk outside here on campus at UVM to grab some lunch, and the snow is certainly coming down out there.  Flakes aren’t huge, probably topping out around 5 mm in diameter, but I’d say visibility is a mile or less as a quick guess (BTV was reporting 1.25 miles visibility as of 1:32 P.M.).  Snow is accumulating on most non-paved surfaces.

 

 

More recently, visibility has really dropped off here in Burlington to roughly ¼ mile with notably heavier snow and flakes in the ½” to ¾” range.  The radar shows this with the 35 db echoes coming through the area.

 

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Event totals: 1.8” Snow/0.26” L.E.

 

I left Burlington a bit after 4:00 P.M. today, and it was snowing with about an inch on the ground.  The snow was coming down pretty heavily in the I-89 area of Williston, and then as is often the case, Richmond was a total hole in the action, with much lighter snowfall and what looked like less than an inch on the ground.  That dearth of snow actually continued through to Jonesville, and once I got to Bolton the snowfall was back up in intensity, with roughly ¼ mile visibility as we passed through the spine and ¼ to ½ mile visibility east of the spine in Waterbury.  Travel had been OK up to that point, but the roads were starting to take on some accumulation as of ~5:00 P.M.  I found about an inch of snow on my car at the Waterbury Park and Ride, and 1.8 inches on the snowboard here at the house as of 6:00 P.M. observations.  The snow didn’t seem wet, but it was extremely dense, coming in at 14.4% H2O.  At the time there was some very heavy snowfall coming down with some big granular flakes in the mix, so I’m sure something akin to those granular flakes added to the density.  Soon after that, the precipitation switched over to big, fluffy flakes, and on the radar I saw some bursts of precipitation up to 45 db off to the west:

 

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The current NWS point forecast for this location calls for 7 to 13 inches through Saturday, with some additional snow Saturday night, so we’ll see where things end up.

 

Some details from the 6:00 P.M. Waterbury observations are below:

 

New Snow: 1.8 inches

New Liquid: 0.26 inches

Snow/Water Ratio: 6.9

Snow Density: 14.4% H2O

Temperature: 32.4 F

Sky: Snow (1 - 4 mm flakes)

Snow at the stake: 8.5 inches

 

 

8:00 P.M. update:  2.0” in the past 2 hours, so snowfall is averaging out right at 1”/hr in this area.  Storm total through 8:00 P.M. is 3.8”.  It’s still a bit above freezing here, so with cooler temperatures, the snowfall in the mountains must be really going off.  There does appear to be another round of stronger echoes coming into the area soon:

 

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Saturday, February 25th, 2012

 

 

Event totals: 4.7” Snow/0.68” L.E.

 

We got a decent shot of liquid down here at over two thirds of an inch, but with temperatures hovering a bit above freezing it has been fairly dense; snow density values were coming in around 15% H2O until this morning’s analysis, where it has dropped to 6% H2O.  This event has now pushed snowfall at this location past 80 inches, although it still remains the least snowy through this point in the season out of the last six.  The resorts from Stowe northward look to have done well with overnight snow, and it looks like the blitz is continuing north of I-89 based on the radar.

 

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There’s some wind even reaching down to our location, so we’ll have to see what it does to the new snow and lift operations.  The north to south list of 24-hour Vermont ski areas accumulations is listed below for those locations that have updated this morning:

 

Jay Peak: 15”

Burke: 10”

Smuggler’s Notch: 10”

Stowe: 12”

Bolton Valley: 6”

Mad River Glen: 5”

Sugarbush: 8”

Pico: 5”

Killington: 5”

Bromley: 4”

Stratton: 5”

Mount Snow: 2”

 

Some details from the 12:00 A.M. and 6:00 A.M. Waterbury observations are below:

 

12:00 A.M.

New Snow: 2.4 inches

New Liquid: 0.39 inches

Snow/Water Ratio: 6.2

Snow Density: 16.3% H2O

Temperature: 33.3 F

Sky: Light Snow (1 - 3 mm flakes)

Snow at the stake: 8.5 inches

 

6:00 A.M.

New Snow: 0.5 inches

New Liquid: 0.03 inches

Snow/Water Ratio: 16.7

Snow Density: 6.0% H2O

Temperature: 33.1 F

Sky: Light Snow (2 -10 mm flakes)

Snow at the stake: 9.0 inches

 

 

View Postpowderfreak, on 25 February 2012 - 08:28 AM, said:

 

I gotta sit in the office for now and play quarterback for updating lift status information but the radio calls from patrol are epic. Groomers still on the hill cannot see anything. They are saying its like a sheet has been thrown over the snowcats. Patrol is hooting and hollering, trail checks sound unbelievable. Just dumping quarter sized dendrites. Stand outside and you are covered in snow within seconds. Lift maintenace is getting stuck on snowmobiles going up the hill... calling for groomer escorts. Groomers are having trouble climbing though, too. Just wallowing in snow.

You guys are going to have to put up with me weenie-ing out today because this is just epicness.

Mansfield/Smugglers Notch taking the brunt of this. Hopefully it can fill in further south on the Spine for Sugarbush/MRG area.

 

Very cool PF, it looks like Bolton is in on some of that as well based on the radar, so I suspect their totals will go up, but Mansfield appears to be in the main fire hose.  We’re planning to head up to Bolton today; so I’ll report on what I find, we’ll have to see what the wind has to say though.

 

 

View Posteyewall, on 25 February 2012 - 09:07 AM, said:

 

I would definitely say they busted in this area with 2-3" instead of 4-9" as originally forecast but it was nice to see on my visit. I am hoping to get a few runs in today at Bolton Valley.

 

Just a heads up, I got the word from the Bolton Valley website that all chairs are in wind hold, so we’re packing the skins to tour until the lifts (or in case they don't) open:

 

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Event totals: 11.8” Snow/0.95” L.E.

 

We got the word that Bolton’s lifts were on wind hold this morning, but we decided to grab the skins and head up anyway, figuring we’d earn turns as needed, and catch the lifts if they opened.  In terms of snow, there wasn’t much going on at the house, and there were just a couple of additional tenths of an inch beyond the overnight accumulation, putting the storm total around 5 inches.  While it wasn’t snowing much at the house, the mountain was getting blitzed.  Snow was coming down in the 1-3 inch/hr range in the higher elevations, so the plows couldn’t quite keep up with the access road.  Getting up the switchbacks below Timberline was a bit tricky with all the snow, but we made it to the Village and could see that there was indeed a good bit of wind.  We had just prepped the gear for skinning when we found out that they had just opened the Mid Mountain Lift, so we did some lift-served laps:

 

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Snowfall was extremely impressive, sideways at times, but it was lots of fun to be out there.  The snow was definitely coming down hard because our car was notably covered after just the three to four hours or so that we were on the mountain:

 

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After skiing, Mom and the boys went swimming in the sports center, so I had time to tour the Village and grab some pictures of the snow:

 

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We had no idea if anything had been going on down in the valley, but we pulled into the driveway and there was a foot of snow down – I checked the snowboard and found that 7.1 inches had fallen while we were at the mountain:

 

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The snow had also dropped down in density to 3.8% H2O, definitely into that Champlain Powder™ territory.  That afternoon accumulation elevated this storm as the largest of the season, just passing the 11.7-inch storm from mid January by a tenth of an inch.  Not only was that snow down on the board though, it was still dumping at 1-2 inches/hr.  I checked the radar and those 30-35 db returns were just stacked up against the spine:

 

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The snowfall numbers below are certainly going to continue to rise the way it’s snowing, but I’ve tabulated the snow totals that I’ve seen reported by the Vermont ski areas for this wintry stretch of the past few days.  The list is north to south as usual, and the sweet spot around Stowe and Smuggler’s Notch is very evident. 

 

Jay Peak: 26”

Burke: 13”

Smuggler’s Notch: 34”

Stowe: 34”

Bolton Valley: 17”

Mad River Glen: 16”

Sugarbush: 16”

Pico: 12”

Killington: 12”

Okemo: 7”

Bromley: 6”

Magic Mountain: 8”

Stratton: 6”

Mount Snow: 4”

 

Based on the radar and what’s going on down here in the valley, totals are going to cruise right past three feet. This is a great event though, because we haven’t had any of these multi-foot cycles yet this season, and this will pump a good shot of liquid into the snowpack in a soft way.

 

This third storm alone looks like it could go past the 18-inch range even down here in the valley, because there’s already another half foot down on the snowboard as of ~8:30 P.M. and the moisture just continues to be pumped up against the spine on the radar:

 

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Some details from the 4:30 P.M. Waterbury observations are below:

 

New Snow: 7.1 inches

New Liquid: 0.27 inches

Snow/Water Ratio: 26.3

Snow Density: 3.8% H2O

Temperature: 26.1 F

Sky: Snow (2 - 20 mm flakes)

Snow at the stake: 14.0 inches

 

I’m planning to do the next snow analysis at 10:30 P.M., so we’ll see where the storm total is at that point.

 

 

View Posteyewall, on 25 February 2012 - 04:16 PM, said:

My video of the upslope at Bolton Valley Best watched in 1080p:

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l8GW6zMMces

 

Thanks for the eyewall, I watched it in full resolution on YouTube and you can get a really nice sense of the flakes.  We made our own trek up and down the road today – up was tough in the morning, but down around 4:00 P.M. or so wasn’t bad since it had been recently plowed.  The plow(s) must have had to tend to the access road all day long with those snowfall rates.  We joked that the plow driver was just doing laps to keep pace with the snow, although they probably didn’t quite have to go that far.  Glad you had a chance to get out and see the upslope!

 

 

Event totals: 20.2” Snow/1.13” L.E.

 

During the six hour period from 4:30 P.M. to 10:30 P.M., 8.4 inches of snow accumulated on the snowboard here at the house, so the snowfall rate has averaged just a bit shy of 1.5 inch/hr.  In the 4:30 P.M. analysis, the snow density came in at 3.8% (26.3 to 1 ratio), and because there was a bit of denser snow at the bottom of the stack, I figured this round of accumulation might come in even drier.  Well it did.  The 8.4 inches that I sampled at 10:30 P.M. contained just 0.18 inches of liquid, indicating that the snow is at 2.1% H2O (46.7 to 1 ratio).  I don’t believe I have ever had a stack that tall come in at such a high snow to water ratio, in fact, I was surprised enough that I went out and ran an entire independent analysis from a different location.  That second analysis came in at 2.3% H2O (44.4 to 1 ratio), which I’m sure is within the error of this analysis, so I’m very confident in the numbers.  Anyway, Mother Nature is producing some extremely stackable dendrites out there, and there are probably going to be a lot of Vermont skiers in the white room tomorrow.

 

I did notice that the BTV NWS had extended the Winter Storm Warning in the upslope zone tonight:

 

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…although it looks like they have dropped it now as the precipitation begins to wind down.  It’s been a classic upslope event though, which has surpassed 20 inches of snowfall down here in the valley, and I have no idea what the numbers are going to be up in the mountains, but it should be pretty impressive tomorrow.  This even has also vaulted the 2011-2012 season snowfall past 2006-2007 for this date, which is an impressive piece of catching up, but perhaps this is this season’s version of the Valentine’s Day Storm to make up for the dearth of snowfall.  There’s another 1.5 inches out there on the snowboard already as of 11:30 P.M., so this event is very close to bringing the season snowfall here to the century mark.

 

Some details from the 10:30 P.M. Waterbury observations are below:

 

New Snow: 8.4 inches

New Liquid: 0.18 inches

Snow/Water Ratio: 46.7

Snow Density: 2.1% H2O

Temperature: 20.7 F

Sky: Snow/Heavy Snow (2 - 12 mm flakes)

Snow at the stake: 18.0 inches

 

 

View PostGinx, on 25 February 2012 - 09:52 PM, said:

 

Jspin, nice pics

 

Thanks Ginx, glad to pass along the updates and images from the area.  It’s also great to see the folks getting inspired to come up and ski thanks to Powderfreak’s reporting; the slopes should be great tomorrow and it’s certainly snow worth traveling for.

 

 

View PostGinx, on 26 February 2012 - 01:14 AM, said:

 

Your reporting too bro, just stellar. Love the WE stuff. Even with trace snow on the ground here it is exciting and certainly sounds and feels like winter tonight. Can you do me a favor? Drift pics please!

 

It’s funny, I rarely get any drift pics down here at the house since we’re so sheltered (fortunately that makes it a fantastic spot for snow analyses) and as a powder skier I’m always seeking out the most undisturbed snow, but drift pics are fun too, and I was able to get some shots up at the mountain today.  Here’s one below that I took because I honestly thought it was just a drift until I walked around and saw the left side of the car.  The especially cool thing about that car is that it might not even have been that hard to get it out.  I was checking out the snow as I was walking around the village, and even in the drifts you could literally walk through snow up to your waist and you could be walking right on the ground as the snow dissolved around you.  Interesting stuff can happen with the snow when it’s 95-98% air.

 

http://jandeproductions.com/2012/25FEB12G.jpg

 

 

View PostCoastalWx, on 26 February 2012 - 01:17 AM, said:

 

Yeah some great reports today.

My question is, how big of an event is this? I feel like they get 20" of fluff all the time up there.

 

I think it depends on whether we’re talking mountain or valley.  I just checked my data, and for the past ~5 ½ seasons in which I’ve been collecting snowfall data, I’ve recorded 7 events/storms of 20 inches or more, so for here in the valley it seems to be running at a bit more than 1 per season.  So it’s typically a highlight of the season, but I guess we can expect at least one and sometimes two 20+ inch events per season.  I don’t have the data for each storm in the mountains, but since the Northern Greens basically get about twice the snowfall that we seem to get here in the valley, and often twice the snow per event, one could use events of 10 inches or greater in the valley as an estimate of events that are 20 inches or greater in the mountains.  So for 10+ inch events down here, I’ve recorded 29 during that same ~5 ½ seasons, so the average is a bit over 5 of these types of events per season.  I’m sure this is an imperfect method for estimating, but I bet it’s in the ballpark, so one would expect several 20+ inch events for the mountains each season.  Powderfreak may have some actual numbers for Stowe, but I’m not sure if they track any of their data “per storm” the way I do with mine.  So this event is reasonably big, a 20” valley event, so we’ll probably see numbers pushing 40” for the mountains.  On average we should only expect one or two of these a season.  I think this one may also have meant a bit more because of the way the season has been so lean on snowfall.

 

 

Sunday, February 26th, 2012

 

 

View Postpowderfreak, on 26 February 2012 - 06:08 AM, said:

 

I am not reporting 34" for this storm (at least as of last night, haven't gotten to the mountain yet)... I think J.Spin's getting the 34" for here and Smuggs when adding in the first storm on Wednesday night, too. I had 7.5" at 3,000ft from that one, and then as of 4pm today, 26" or so at 3,000ft. That comes out to 33.5" since Wednesday evening... but also the problem is sometimes SkiVermont and the way resorts report snowfall to them. Their computer program for some reason compounds the snowfall at times when its not supposed to.

As of 4pm yesterday... 26" at 3,000ft from this one storm. 33.5" in the past 4 days.


You've got it correct PF,
that latest list I put up was for the three-storm combo we've just had through yesterday, when I do the next list I'll try to list numbers for just this storm as well as the three together.

 

 

Event totals: 22.7” Snow/1.17” L.E.

 

This storm finished up a bit after midnight, right in line with what the ECMWF was suggesting for many of its runs, so it did a great job in that area.  The final stack off the snowboard last night was only 2.5” (settled to ~2” by this morning), so the density was even a little bit lower than my previous stack and dropped to 1.6% H2O (snow to water ratio of 62.5 to 1) obtained from the average of three combined cores.  It’s sunny, crisp, and clear out there now, and the slopes are calling.

 

Some details from the 6:00 A.M. Waterbury observations are below:

 

New Snow: 2.5 inches

New Liquid: 0.04 inches

Snow/Water Ratio: 62.5

Snow Density: 1.6% H2O

Temperature: 11.5 F

Sky: Clear

Snow at the stake: 16.0 inches

 

 

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NEW YORK
 
...CLINTON COUNTY...
   2 E SCHUYLER FALLS     6.0   727 PM  2/25  AMATEUR RADIO
   3 S PLATTSBURGH 3 S    3.0  1200 PM  2/25  CO-OP OBSERVER
 
...ESSEX COUNTY...
   2 N LAKE PLACID        7.0   730 AM  2/26  COCORAHS
   3 S LAKE PLACID        6.0   341 PM  2/25  CO-OP OBSERVER
   3 W NEWCOMB            5.8   715 AM  2/25  CO-OP OBSERVER
   MORIAH                 4.0   754 AM  2/25  PUBLIC
 
...FRANKLIN COUNTY...
   VERMONTVILLE          12.5   728 PM  2/25  AMATEUR RADIO
   DUANE CENTER          12.0   726 PM  2/25  AMATEUR RADIO
   TUPPER LAKE           12.0   901 PM  2/25  PUBLIC
   ST. REGIS FALLS       12.0   722 PM  2/25  AMATEUR RADIO
   ENE ONCHIOTA          10.0   830 AM  2/25  COCORAHS
   6 SE WAWBEEK           9.0   338 PM  2/25  PUBLIC
   1 SW MALONE            9.0   700 AM  2/26  CO-OP OBSERVER
   MOIRA                  4.5  1143 AM  2/25  PUBLIC
 
...ST. LAWRENCE COUNTY...
   1 N SHURTLEFF         15.0   335 PM  2/25  TRAINED SPOTTER
   BRASHER FALLS          8.0  1143 AM  2/25  PUBLIC
   1 SW STAR LAKE         8.0   344 PM  2/25  TRAINED SPOTTER
   NORFOLK                7.5  1141 AM  2/25  PUBLIC
   MADRID                 7.0  1140 AM  2/25  PUBLIC
   CANTON                 6.0  1142 AM  2/25  PUBLIC
   OGDENSBURG             6.0   727 PM  2/25  AMATEUR RADIO
   EDWARDS                6.0   725 PM  2/25  AMATEUR RADIO
   2 SW OGDENSBURG        4.5   700 AM  2/25  COCORAHS
   SW HANNAWA FALLS       4.5   700 AM  2/25  COCORAHS
   1 NW EDWARDS           3.0   700 AM  2/26  COCORAHS
   3 NW GOUVERNEUR        1.6   700 AM  2/26  CO-OP OBSERVER
 
VERMONT
 
...ADDISON COUNTY...
   2 E SOUTH STARKSBORO  10.0   906 AM  2/26  PUBLIC
   RIPTON                10.0  1114 PM  2/25  TRAINED SPOTTER
   SOUTH LINCOLN          8.8   700 AM  2/26  CO-OP OBSERVER
   GOSHEN                 8.0   853 PM  2/25  PUBLIC
   GRANVILLE              6.5   651 PM  2/25  PUBLIC
   1 ESE POTASH POINT     2.0   903 AM  2/25  TRAINED SPOTTER
   1 WNW ORWELL           2.0   700 AM  2/25  COCORAHS
 
...CALEDONIA COUNTY...
   4 N WALDEN             9.1   700 AM  2/26  CO-OP OBSERVER
   2 WNW STANNARD         8.4   954 PM  2/25  TRAINED SPOTTER
   3 NNW SHEFFIELD        7.1   800 AM  2/26  COCORAHS
   2 NE SUTTON            6.4   700 AM  2/26  CO-OP OBSERVER
   HARDWICK               5.9   929 AM  2/25  COCORAHS
   LYNDONVILLE            5.5   330 PM  2/25  PUBLIC
   ST JOHNSBURY           4.0   400 PM  2/25  CO-OP OBSERVER
   2 SW SUTTON            1.9   725 AM  2/26  CO-OP OBSERVER
 
...CHITTENDEN COUNTY...
   4 NNE UNDERHILL       21.1   700 AM  2/26  COCORAHS
   1 SSW UNDERHILL       14.0  1144 PM  2/25  PUBLIC
   3 NE UNDERHILL CENTE  14.0   455 PM  2/25  TRAINED SPOTTER
   3 SE WEST BOLTON      12.0   322 PM  2/25  BOLTON VALLEY 2000 FT
   1 E NASHVILLE         11.1   737 AM  2/26  NWS EMPLOYEE
   1 ENE NORTH UNDERHIL   8.0   635 PM  2/25  NWS EMPLOYEE
   UNDERHILL              8.0  1226 PM  2/25  PUBLIC
   JONESVILLE             7.5  1244 AM  2/26  NWS EMPLOYEE
   1 NNE HUNTINGTON       6.2   800 AM  2/26  COCORAHS
   3 SSE RICHMOND         6.0   700 AM  2/26  COCORAHS
   1 NNW JERICHO          5.8   755 AM  2/26  COCORAHS
   1 ESE NASHVILLE        4.6   151 PM  2/25  NWS EMPLOYEE
   2 SE SOUTH BURLINGTO   2.8   849 AM  2/25  NWS EMPLOYEE
 
...ESSEX COUNTY...
   1 ENE AVERILL         15.3   800 AM  2/26  CO-OP OBSERVER
   1 N ISLAND POND        8.0  1000 AM  2/26  CO-OP OBSERVER
   GILMAN                 0.1   600 AM  2/26  CO-OP OBSERVER
 
...FRANKLIN COUNTY...
   4 NE BAKERSFIELD      35.2   100 AM  2/26  PUBLIC
   BAKERSFIELD           34.0  1200 AM  2/26  PUBLIC
   RICHFORD              20.8   510 AM  2/26  PUBLIC
   SHELDON SPRINGS       15.0   728 PM  2/25  AMATEUR RADIO
   FAIRFAX               10.0   637 PM  2/25  PUBLIC
   4 S ST. ALBANS         6.0   800 AM  2/25  NWS EMPLOYEE
   8 NNW FAIRFAX          6.0   730 AM  2/26  COCORAHS
   1 WNW ENOSBURG FALLS   5.0   700 AM  2/25  CO-OP OBSERVER
 
...GRAND ISLE COUNTY...
   5 SSE ALBURGH          4.0   900 AM  2/25  COCORAHS
 
...LAMOILLE COUNTY...
   5 N JEFFERSONVILLE    31.0   914 AM  2/26  CO-OP OBSERVER
   1 NW SOUTH CAMBRIDGE  26.0  1032 PM  2/25  TRAINED SPOTTER
   1 SSE SMUGGLERS NOTC  24.5   636 AM  2/26  STOWE RESORT 1500 FEET
   2 SSE BELVIDERE JUNC  24.0   732 PM  2/25  TRAINED SPOTTER
   BELVIDERE CENTER      24.0   459 PM  2/25  TRAINED SPOTTER
   CAMBRIDGE             20.0   852 PM  2/25  PUBLIC
   2 S EDEN              19.8   749 AM  2/26  CO-OP OBSERVER
   STOWE                 18.0  1025 PM  2/25  PUBLIC
   SW STOWE              17.1   730 AM  2/26  COCORAHS
   3 NW STOWE            17.0   722 PM  2/25  TRAINED SPOTTER
   2 WNW SOUTH CAMBRIDG  16.0   720 PM  2/25  PUBLIC
   2 SE SOUTH CAMBRIDGE  16.0   322 PM  2/25  SMUGGLERS NOTCH 1200 FT
   1 ESE PLEASANT VALLE  16.0   643 PM  2/25  TRAINED SPOTTER
   1 S MOSCOW            15.3  1129 PM  2/25  TRAINED SPOTTER
   JEFFERSONVILLE        14.0   719 PM  2/25  PUBLIC
   MORRISVILLE           13.0   945 PM  2/25  PUBLIC
   MOUNT MANSFIELD       13.0   400 PM  2/25  CO-OP OBSERVER
   WATERVILLE            12.0   349 PM  2/25  TRAINED SPOTTER
   1 SE JEFFERSONVILLE    9.3  1145 AM  2/25  PUBLIC
 
...ORANGE COUNTY...
   EAST BRAINTREE         7.0   449 PM  2/25  TRAINED SPOTTER
   CORINTH                5.1   700 AM  2/26  CO-OP OBSERVER
   2 NW CHELSEA           4.5   700 AM  2/26  CO-OP OBSERVER
   STRAFFORD              4.0   745 AM  2/25  TRAINED SPOTTER
   SOUTH NEWBURY          3.0   800 AM  2/25  CO-OP OBSERVER
   3 ESE BROOKFIELD       3.0   900 AM  2/25  COCORAHS
 
...ORLEANS COUNTY...
   1 WNW WESTFIELD       30.0   800 AM  2/26  COCORAHS
   3 WSW JAY             30.0   500 PM  2/25  JAY PEAK
   1 W NORTH TROY        18.0   458 PM  2/25  TRAINED SPOTTER
   ALBANY                17.0   650 PM  2/25  PUBLIC
   NEWPORT               13.0   700 AM  2/26  CO-OP OBSERVER
   2 NNW GREENSBORO      12.6   700 AM  2/26  COCORAHS
   7 SE MORGAN            8.5   800 AM  2/25  COCORAHS
   1 SW IRASBURG          8.0   800 AM  2/26  CO-OP OBSERVER
   2 NNE GREENSBORO       8.0   700 AM  2/25  COCORAHS
   2 NW DERBY CENTER      7.5   700 AM  2/25  COCORAHS
   3 ENE BARTON           7.2   700 AM  2/26  COCORAHS
 
...RUTLAND COUNTY...
   3 WNW WEST BRIDGEWAT  10.0   804 PM  2/25  KILLINGTON SKI RESORT
   1 W PITTSFIELD         6.0   809 PM  2/25  TRAINED SPOTTER
   1 N WEST RUTLAND       1.0   815 AM  2/25  COCORAHS
   1 N RUTLAND            0.8   700 AM  2/25  CO-OP OBSERVER
 
...WASHINGTON COUNTY...
   3 NW WATERBURY        18.0   600 AM  2/26  COCORAHS
   3 NE WATERBURY        17.0   730 AM  2/26  COCORAHS
   5 NNE WATERBURY       16.5   700 AM  2/26  COCORAHS
   WATERBURY CENTER      16.0   616 AM  2/26  TRAINED SPOTTER
   WATERBURY             13.0   416 PM  2/25  PUBLIC
   2 W WORCESTER         11.8   700 AM  2/26  CO-OP OBSERVER
   2 SE WAITSFIELD       11.0   700 AM  2/26  COCORAHS
   4 ENE CABOT            7.8   900 AM  2/26  COCORAHS
   3 WNW WARREN           7.0   323 PM  2/25  SUGARBUSH 1600 FT
   1 N NORTHFIELD         7.0   730 AM  2/26  CO-OP OBSERVER
   2 NW EAST CALAIS       7.0   952 AM  2/25  PUBLIC
   WORCESTER              6.8   748 AM  2/25  TRAINED SPOTTER
   2 SW EAST CALAIS       6.5   700 AM  2/26  COCORAHS
   MIDDLESEX              6.0   750 AM  2/25  TRAINED SPOTTER
   EAST MONTPELIER        6.0   750 AM  2/25  TRAINED SPOTTER
   3 SSE WARREN           6.0  1150 AM  2/25  COCORAHS
   2 N NORTHFIELD         5.0   830 AM  2/25  COCORAHS
   EAST CALAIS            4.5   751 AM  2/25  TRAINED SPOTTER
   BERLIN                 4.5   751 AM  2/25  TRAINED SPOTTER
   PLAINFIELD             4.0   700 AM  2/26  CO-OP OBSERVER
   4 ESE MARSHFIELD       4.0   928 AM  2/25  TRAINED SPOTTER
   5 SW MARSHFIELD        1.4   545 AM  2/26  COCORAHS
 
...WINDSOR COUNTY...
   3 N POMFRET            6.6   700 AM  2/26  COCORAHS
   4 N BETHEL             5.5   700 AM  2/26  CO-OP OBSERVER
   ROCHESTER              4.5  1013 AM  2/25  PUBLIC
   3 S LUDLOW             4.5   700 AM  2/26  COCORAHS
   WOODSTOCK              4.0   800 AM  2/25  CO-OP OBSERVER
   1 S ROCHESTER          4.0   643 AM  2/26  CO-OP OBSERVER
 
 
**********************24 HOUR SNOWFALL**********************
 
LOCATION              24 HOUR     TIME/DATE   COMMENTS
                     SNOWFALL           OF
                     /INCHES/   MEASUREMENT
 
NEW YORK
 
...CLINTON COUNTY...
   3 S PLATTSBURGH 3 S    3.0  1200 PM  2/25  CO-OP OBSERVER
 
...ESSEX COUNTY...
   3 W NEWCOMB            5.8   715 AM  2/25  CO-OP OBSERVER
   2 N LAKE PLACID        4.5   730 AM  2/26  COCORAHS
   MORIAH                 4.0   754 AM  2/25  PUBLIC
 
...FRANKLIN COUNTY...
   ENE ONCHIOTA          10.0   830 AM  2/25  COCORAHS
   1 SW MALONE            5.0   700 AM  2/25  CO-OP OBSERVER
   MOIRA                  4.5  1143 AM  2/25  PUBLIC
 
...ST. LAWRENCE COUNTY...
   BRASHER FALLS          8.0  1143 AM  2/25  PUBLIC
   NORFOLK                7.5  1141 AM  2/25  PUBLIC
   MADRID                 7.0  1140 AM  2/25  PUBLIC
   CANTON                 6.0  1142 AM  2/25  PUBLIC
   2 SW OGDENSBURG        4.5   700 AM  2/25  COCORAHS
   SW HANNAWA FALLS       4.5   700 AM  2/25  COCORAHS
   1 NW EDWARDS           2.0   700 AM  2/25  COCORAHS
   3 NW GOUVERNEUR        1.6   700 AM  2/26  CO-OP OBSERVER
 
VERMONT
 
...ADDISON COUNTY...
   2 E SOUTH STARKSBORO  10.0   906 AM  2/26  PUBLIC
   SOUTH LINCOLN          8.0  1000 AM  2/26  CO-OP OBSERVER
   1 ESE POTASH POINT     2.0   903 AM  2/25  TRAINED SPOTTER
   1 WNW ORWELL           2.0   700 AM  2/25  COCORAHS
 
...CALEDONIA COUNTY...
   4 N WALDEN             7.8   700 AM  2/25  CO-OP OBSERVER
   3 NNW SHEFFIELD        6.4   815 AM  2/25  COCORAHS
   2 NE SUTTON            6.0   700 AM  2/25  CO-OP OBSERVER
   HARDWICK               5.9   929 AM  2/25  COCORAHS
   ST JOHNSBURY           4.0   400 PM  2/25  CO-OP OBSERVER
   2 SW SUTTON            1.9   725 AM  2/26  CO-OP OBSERVER
 
...CHITTENDEN COUNTY...
   4 NNE UNDERHILL       18.0   700 AM  2/26  COCORAHS
   1 E NASHVILLE         11.1   737 AM  2/26  NWS EMPLOYEE
   1 NNE HUNTINGTON       4.6   800 AM  2/26  COCORAHS
   3 SSE RICHMOND         4.5   700 AM  2/26  COCORAHS
   1 NNW JERICHO          3.0   755 AM  2/26  COCORAHS
   2 SE SOUTH BURLINGTO   2.8   849 AM  2/25  NWS EMPLOYEE
   1 ESE NASHVILLE        1.1   705 AM  2/25  NWS EMPLOYEE
 
...ESSEX COUNTY...
   1 ENE AVERILL          8.2   800 AM  2/25  CO-OP OBSERVER
   1 N ISLAND POND        6.0   933 AM  2/25  CO-OP OBSERVER
   GILMAN                 0.1   600 AM  2/26  CO-OP OBSERVER
 
...FRANKLIN COUNTY...
   4 NE BAKERSFIELD      35.2   100 AM  2/26  PUBLIC
   RICHFORD              10.8   226 PM  2/25  PUBLIC
   BAKERSFIELD            7.3  1015 AM  2/25  PUBLIC
   4 S ST. ALBANS         6.0   800 AM  2/25  NWS EMPLOYEE
   8 NNW FAIRFAX          5.8   715 AM  2/25  COCORAHS
   1 WNW ENOSBURG FALLS   5.0   700 AM  2/25  CO-OP OBSERVER
 
...GRAND ISLE COUNTY...
   5 SSE ALBURGH          4.0   900 AM  2/25  COCORAHS
 
...LAMOILLE COUNTY...
   5 N JEFFERSONVILLE    17.0   914 AM  2/26  CO-OP OBSERVER
   1 SSE SMUGGLERS NOTC  14.0   904 AM  2/25  PUBLIC
   MOUNT MANSFIELD       13.0   400 PM  2/25  CO-OP OBSERVER
   2 S EDEN              10.2   941 AM  2/25  CO-OP OBSERVER
   1 S MOSCOW            10.0  1218 PM  2/25  TRAINED SPOTTER
   SW STOWE               9.5   730 AM  2/26  COCORAHS
   1 SE JEFFERSONVILLE    9.3  1145 AM  2/25  PUBLIC
   CAMBRIDGE              5.5   934 AM  2/25  PUBLIC
 
...ORANGE COUNTY...
   CORINTH                5.0   700 AM  2/25  CO-OP OBSERVER
   STRAFFORD              4.0   745 AM  2/25  TRAINED SPOTTER
   2 NW CHELSEA           4.0   700 AM  2/25  CO-OP OBSERVER
   SOUTH NEWBURY          3.0   800 AM  2/25  CO-OP OBSERVER
   3 ESE BROOKFIELD       3.0   900 AM  2/25  COCORAHS
 
...ORLEANS COUNTY...
   1 WNW WESTFIELD       19.0   800 AM  2/26  COCORAHS
   NEWPORT                8.5   700 AM  2/25  CO-OP OBSERVER
   7 SE MORGAN            8.5   800 AM  2/25  COCORAHS
   2 NNE GREENSBORO       8.0   700 AM  2/25  COCORAHS
   2 NW DERBY CENTER      7.5   700 AM  2/25  COCORAHS
   1 SW IRASBURG          7.0   800 AM  2/25  CO-OP OBSERVER
   2 NNW GREENSBORO       6.8   730 AM  2/25  COCORAHS
   3 ENE BARTON           6.6   700 AM  2/25  COCORAHS
 
...RUTLAND COUNTY...
   1 N WEST RUTLAND       1.0   815 AM  2/25  COCORAHS
   1 N RUTLAND            0.8   700 AM  2/25  CO-OP OBSERVER
 
...WASHINGTON COUNTY...
   3 NW WATERBURY        18.0   600 AM  2/26  COCORAHS
   3 NE WATERBURY        11.0   700 AM  2/25  COCORAHS
   5 NNE WATERBURY        9.0   700 AM  2/26  COCORAHS
   2 NW EAST CALAIS       7.0   952 AM  2/25  PUBLIC
   WORCESTER              6.8   748 AM  2/25  TRAINED SPOTTER
   2 W WORCESTER          6.8   700 AM  2/25  CO-OP OBSERVER
   MIDDLESEX              6.0   750 AM  2/25  TRAINED SPOTTER
   EAST MONTPELIER        6.0   750 AM  2/25  TRAINED SPOTTER
   2 SW EAST CALAIS       6.0   700 AM  2/25  COCORAHS
   3 SSE WARREN           6.0  1150 AM  2/25  COCORAHS
   2 SE WAITSFIELD        5.9   700 AM  2/26  COCORAHS
   4 ENE CABOT            5.3   900 AM  2/25  COCORAHS
   1 N NORTHFIELD         5.0   700 AM  2/25  CO-OP OBSERVER
   2 N NORTHFIELD         5.0   830 AM  2/25  COCORAHS
   EAST CALAIS            4.5   751 AM  2/25  TRAINED SPOTTER
   BERLIN                 4.5   751 AM  2/25  TRAINED SPOTTER
   4 ESE MARSHFIELD       4.0   928 AM  2/25  TRAINED SPOTTER
   PLAINFIELD             3.5   700 AM  2/25  CO-OP OBSERVER
   5 SW MARSHFIELD        1.4   545 AM  2/26  COCORAHS
 
...WINDSOR COUNTY...
   3 N POMFRET            6.0   700 AM  2/25  COCORAHS
   ROCHESTER              4.5  1013 AM  2/25  PUBLIC
   4 N BETHEL             4.1   700 AM  2/25  CO-OP OBSERVER
   WOODSTOCK              4.0   800 AM  2/25  CO-OP OBSERVER
   3 S LUDLOW             3.0   700 AM  2/25  COCORAHS
   1 S ROCHESTER          3.0   715 AM  2/25  CO-OP OBSERVER
 
$$
 
MAB
 

 

I’ve put together the north to south snowfall totals I’ve seen from the Vermont ski areas for the most recent winter storm (list 1) and the sum of all three storms we’ve had since midweek (list 2).

 

Storm 3

Jay Peak: 40”

Smuggler’s Notch: 36”

Stowe: 36”

Bolton Valley: 24”

Mad River Glen: 20”

Sugarbush: 23”

Pico: 15”

Killington: 15”

Okemo: 6”

Bromley: 6”

Magic Mountain: 6”

Stratton: 8”

Mount Snow: 3”

 

Storms 1, 2 & 3 Combined

Jay Peak: 51”

Smuggler’s Notch: 46”

Stowe: 44”

Bolton Valley: 29”

Mad River Glen: 26”

Sugarbush: 28”

Pico: 17”

Killington: 17”

Okemo: 8”

Bromley: 8”

Magic Mountain: 10”

Stratton: 9”

Mount Snow: 5”

 

As is often the case, there’s a very clear north to south gradient for snowfall, this time with the northern resorts measuring in feet, while the southern resorts are measuring in inches.  This was a great enhancement to the snow depths in the northern and central resorts, and it looks like roughly 2 inches of liquid went into the snowpack on Mansfield.  You know it’s a decent storm cycle period when the depth of snowpack at the stake goes from a below average 49 inches on Wednesday, to an above average 81 inches as of today.  That is one serious spike in the snowpack depth, certainly a dramatic jump in the context of the previous few months:

 

http://jandeproductions.com/2012/26FEB12C.jpg

 

Ski conditions today at Stowe were excellent, and it will certainly go down as one of the top days of the season.  The quality of the snow, with the dense base layer, topped off with feet of powder, was so high, that first tracks were hardly necessary (although still appreciated of course).  The skiing stayed spectacular all day, and it’s hard to imagine improving on the snow quality at all.  One couldn’t improve on the brilliant blue skies and sunshine either.  If I had to find a way to improve upon near perfection for the sake of argument, I’d say drop the wind to zero, and raise the temperature about 5 degrees F, but that’s really splitting hairs.  I added a few shots from today below:

 

http://jandeproductions.com/2012/26FEB12B.jpg

 

http://jandeproductions.com/2012/26FEB12A.jpg

 

http://jandeproductions.com/2012/26FEB12D.jpg

 

 

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

 

 

View Postpowderfreak, on 28 February 2012 - 05:46 AM, said:

 

Awesome shots Eyewall!

 

View Postsgottmann, on 27 February 2012 - 05:18 PM, said:

Powderfreak, ADK, JSPIN;


Thanks for the reports, pictures and information regarding the past storm. The photos of face shots and cliff snorkeling are awesome. I was at Sugarbush. While the snow and conditions were great (best of the year), they were not epic like you described. I only wish I drove an hour north to indulge. Simply incredible, especially for this year.

 

Oftentimes the ‘bush and MRG in the North-Central Greens will cash in similarly to the resorts in the Northern Greens, although the Northern Greens will sometimes stand out in these upslope events as was the case this time.  It’s one of the reasons that the resorts north of I-89 (Northern Greens) have annual snowfall averages of 300”+, while the resorts south of I-89 (Central Greens) has annual snowfall totals under 300”.  For this past storm cycle there was actually a pretty sharp drop off south of Stowe, and even though Bolton Valley is north of I-89, the snow totals there fell more in line with Mad River Glen and Sugarbush.  The North to south list of storm totals, with the line indicating the I-89/Route 2/Winooski Valley corridor which divides the Northern Greens from the Central Greens is below:

 

Jay Peak: 40”

Smuggler’s Notch: 36”

Stowe: 36”

Bolton Valley: 24”

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Mad River Glen: 20”

Sugarbush: 23”

 

It’s so great that you were able to get out for the storm though, certainly a day not to be missed.

 

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