Re: Hi, from a new member
- Just so that you know...the site that hmdsierra
referred you to has some great information, but it hasn't
been updated since early 99. I sent in my
reservation/payment via Snail Mail like that site instructed, and it
was returned to me as insufficient payment. The
permits (last year) were $5.00, and no additional charge
for the stamp for Whitney. Before mailing your
payment, I would call the (209) 372-0200 number to verify
the address, where you will pick up your permit, and
the appropriate amount.
- Here is my opinion on the snowpack: <br><br>At
this time, it is pretty much normal or slightly below.
The snowpack will dwindle pretty much as usual,
unless there are some new major storms. <br><br>Whatever
the JMT veterans would say about "normal year
conditions" should apply this year. Last year was
exceptionally dry in the high country. This year will certainly
have more snowpack, but nothing like 1983 or 1997.
<br><br>But hey, it might snow some more! Winter ain't over
yet, but the probabilities are dwindling.<br><br>Here
is my tip on interpreting the snow water equivalents
shown for individual sensor sites: <br><br>loose, new
fallen snow is deeper, say up to 12 inches of snow to 1
inch of precip<br><br>dense, old snow is less deep,
say from 3 to 6 inches of snow to 1 inch of precip.
This is applicable when daytime air temps have been
above freezing for a while<br><br>Have a great time,
whatever you decide to do!<br><br>Best Regards,<br><br>FRF