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Silverton Snow Report - 1FEB08

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  • Charles T. Thorn
    Greetings Hardrockers, January was a whopper month for snow in the San Juans. The Silverton Standard reported 166.9 inches as of near the end of the month. I
    Message 1 of 3 , Feb 14, 2008
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      Greetings Hardrockers,

      January was a whopper month for snow in the San Juans. The Silverton
      Standard reported 166.9 inches as of near the end of the month. I
      say "near" because it's not clear that the Standard is keeping
      precise or accurate records date or amounts - THERE'S BEEN A LOT OF
      SNOW! If you want to see a couple of photos of snow in Silverton
      taken by Lois MacKenzie, go to: http://www.hardrock100.com/
      Hopefully, the start will defrost before July.

      Unofficial Seasonal Snowfall in Inches
      Silverton, CO, Elevation 9320
      Year Dec1 Jan1 Feb1 Mar1
      Apr1 May1 Jun1
      91-92 51.75 66.25 76.25 91.25 124.75 131.25 131.25
      92-93 39.5 64 140 228 249 265 272.5
      93-94 22 34 44.5 80 89 128.5 130.5
      94-95 71 85.5 115 147 207.5 224 242.5
      95-96 21 34 77 105.5 121 133 133
      96-97 48.5 78 132.5 153 160 178 179
      97-98 30 49 71.5 84.5 125 144.5 150
      98-99 46.1 62 89.6 102.4 114.2 159 190.4
      99-00 3.0 18.1 42.5 83.2 152.4 165.5 165.5
      00-01 32.8 51.5 79.4 114.0 137.3 169.3 184.6
      01-02 20.4 42.5 48.2 66.4 72.5 75.7 75.7
      02-03 46.7 65.2 86.4 110.6 128.6 138.9 142.7
      03-04 31 60 95.9 140.9 154.6 183.2 185.6
      04-05 34.7 45.3 114.9 153.6 177.6 194.7 196.2
      05-06 17.7 30.6 41.6 65.5 114.4 missing missing
      06-07 51.9 71.5 84.9 107.5 123.1 147.8 162.4

      Past years'
      averages = 35.5 53.6 83.8 114.6 140.7 162.6 169.5
      07-08 17.7 78.2 166.9

      Charlie Thorn
      thorn@...
    • Lois MacKenzie
      So, Charlie, does that mean we are 50 inches ahead of the year we canceled the run due to too much snow still on the mountains? By the way, it is snowing right
      Message 2 of 3 , Feb 14, 2008
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        So, Charlie, does that mean we are 50 inches ahead of the year we canceled the run due to too much snow still on the mountains? By the way, it is snowing right now and Red Mountain Pass is closed AGAIN. I just returned from an epic ambulance run to Montrose where the car in front of us, on the return, got its hood mashed by the Mother Kline avalanche. The highway crew had just shot it with moderate return, cleaned it up and had let a string of about 25 cars start on over. We were second in line and saw the snow begin to fall around the little car in front of us, then a cloud of snow was all we could see. The snow plow came back down, pushed the little car and the snow out of the way and we proceeded to lead the last cars over the pass tonight. Ah, how I love living in these mountains. And admire those of you who love the adventure and excitement of hanging around in MY mountains too. May you all have little angels following you around as we have tonight!

        "Charles T. Thorn" <thorn@...> wrote: Greetings Hardrockers,

        January was a whopper month for snow in the San Juans. The Silverton
        Standard reported 166.9 inches as of near the end of the month. I
        say "near" because it's not clear that the Standard is keeping
        precise or accurate records date or amounts - THERE'S BEEN A LOT OF
        SNOW! If you want to see a couple of photos of snow in Silverton
        taken by Lois MacKenzie, go to: http://www.hardrock100.com/
        Hopefully, the start will defrost before July.

        Unofficial Seasonal Snowfall in Inches
        Silverton, CO, Elevation 9320
        Year Dec1 Jan1 Feb1 Mar1
        Apr1 May1 Jun1
        91-92 51.75 66.25 76.25 91.25 124.75 131.25 131.25
        92-93 39.5 64 140 228 249 265 272.5
        93-94 22 34 44.5 80 89 128.5 130.5
        94-95 71 85.5 115 147 207.5 224 242.5
        95-96 21 34 77 105.5 121 133 133
        96-97 48.5 78 132.5 153 160 178 179
        97-98 30 49 71.5 84.5 125 144.5 150
        98-99 46.1 62 89.6 102.4 114.2 159 190.4
        99-00 3.0 18.1 42.5 83.2 152.4 165.5 165.5
        00-01 32.8 51.5 79.4 114.0 137.3 169.3 184.6
        01-02 20.4 42.5 48.2 66.4 72.5 75.7 75.7
        02-03 46.7 65.2 86.4 110.6 128.6 138.9 142.7
        03-04 31 60 95.9 140.9 154.6 183.2 185.6
        04-05 34.7 45.3 114.9 153.6 177.6 194.7 196.2
        05-06 17.7 30.6 41.6 65.5 114.4 missing missing
        06-07 51.9 71.5 84.9 107.5 123.1 147.8 162.4

        Past years'
        averages = 35.5 53.6 83.8 114.6 140.7 162.6 169.5
        07-08 17.7 78.2 166.9

        Charlie Thorn
        thorn@...





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      • Charles T. Thorn
        Lois, You re right that Silverton is about 50 inches ahead of the 94-95 snow season when we cancelled Hardrock. Spring of 95 was very cold and there was a lot
        Message 3 of 3 , Feb 15, 2008
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          Lois,

          You're right that Silverton is about 50 inches ahead of the 94-95
          snow season when we cancelled Hardrock. Spring of 95 was very cold
          and there was a lot of snow very late. For example, John and I drove
          to the top of Ophir Pass in mid-June during about a six inch
          snowfall. I think the late cold that year didn't allow snow to melt.
          Also, note that both the 92-93 & 96-97 snow years were ahead of 94-95
          at this time and we had "no problem" during those runs.

          Nobody knows how this year will turn out but I'm not particularly
          concerned, today.

          Charlie

          At 7:53 PM -0800 2/14/08, Lois MacKenzie wrote:
          >So, Charlie, does that mean we are 50 inches ahead of the year we
          >canceled the run due to too much snow still on the mountains? By the
          >way, it is snowing right now and Red Mountain Pass is closed AGAIN.
          >I just returned from an epic ambulance run to Montrose where the car
          >in front of us, on the return, got its hood mashed by the Mother
          >Kline avalanche. The highway crew had just shot it with moderate
          >return, cleaned it up and had let a string of about 25 cars start on
          >over. We were second in line and saw the snow begin to fall around
          >the little car in front of us, then a cloud of snow was all we could
          >see. The snow plow came back down, pushed the little car and the
          >snow out of the way and we proceeded to lead the last cars over the
          >pass tonight. Ah, how I love living in these mountains. And admire
          >those of you who love the adventure and excitement of hanging around
          >in MY mountains too. May you all have little angels following you
          >around as we have tonight!
          >
          >"Charles T. Thorn" <thorn@...> wrote:
          >
          >Greetings Hardrockers,
          >
          >January was a whopper month for snow in the San Juans. The Silverton
          >Standard reported 166.9 inches as of near the end of the month. I
          >say "near" because it's not clear that the Standard is keeping
          >precise or accurate records date or amounts - THERE'S BEEN A LOT OF
          >SNOW! If you want to see a couple of photos of snow in Silverton
          >taken by Lois MacKenzie, go to:
          ><http://www.hardrock100.com/>http://www.hardrock100.com/
          >Hopefully, the start will defrost before July.
          >
          >Unofficial Seasonal Snowfall in Inches
          >Silverton, CO, Elevation 9320
          >Year Dec1 Jan1 Feb1 Mar1
          >Apr1 May1 Jun1
          >91-92 51.75 66.25 76.25 91.25 124.75 131.25 131.25
          >92-93 39.5 64 140 228 249 265 272.5
          >93-94 22 34 44.5 80 89 128.5 130.5
          >94-95 71 85.5 115 147 207.5 224 242.5
          >95-96 21 34 77 105.5 121 133 133
          >96-97 48.5 78 132.5 153 160 178 179
          >97-98 30 49 71.5 84.5 125 144.5 150
          >98-99 46.1 62 89.6 102.4 114.2 159 190.4
          >99-00 3.0 18.1 42.5 83.2 152.4 165.5 165.5
          >00-01 32.8 51.5 79.4 114.0 137.3 169.3 184.6
          >01-02 20.4 42.5 48.2 66.4 72.5 75.7 75.7
          >02-03 46.7 65.2 86.4 110.6 128.6 138.9 142.7
          >03-04 31 60 95.9 140.9 154.6 183.2 185.6
          >04-05 34.7 45.3 114.9 153.6 177.6 194.7 196.2
          >05-06 17.7 30.6 41.6 65.5 114.4 missing missing
          >06-07 51.9 71.5 84.9 107.5 123.1 147.8 162.4
          >
          >Past years'
          >averages = 35.5 53.6 83.8 114.6 140.7 162.6 169.5
          >07-08 17.7 78.2 166.9
          >
          >Charlie Thorn
          ><mailto:thorn%40lanl.gov>thorn@...
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          >
          >Keep in Touch,
          >LMac
          >
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          >
          >Looking for last minute shopping deals?
          ><http://us.rd.yahoo.com/evt=51734/*http://tools.search.yahoo.com/newsearch/category.php?category=shopping>Find
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