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Skiers and snowboarders aren't the only ones hoping for drought-busting February

January 15, 2009 |  9:49 am


How many of you are sick and tired of these beautiful dry mornings and remarkable dry late afternoons, sandwiching dry and balmy 80-degree daytime bliss?

I, for one, am weary of the persistent high-pressure system that is preventing any moisture from entering most of California.

We need rain, and our mountains, especially the Sierra Nevada, need snow -- and lots of it to get us even close to what is considered normal for this time of year. Skiers and snowboarders crave it, but so do streams and reservoirs, wild critters -- and certainly water managers.

In the Eastern Sierra, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power reports, the water content within the Mammoth Pass snowpack is half of normal for this time of year.

That probably applies to just about any Sierra region you want to probe.

This despite December storms that dumped 123 inches at Mammoth Mountain Ski Area. Turns out that light, dry powder is not good for anything but skiing and snowboarding. What the Sierra range needs is several consecutive days of wet, lumpy snow.

Experts, unfortunately, are forecasting another dry year. But certainly, the experts have been wrong before. Here's hoping they're dead wrong and that February brings a drenching for the ages.
-- Pete Thomas

Photo: Mammoth Mountain Ski Area has plenty of snow for skiing and snowboarding, but the Eastern Sierra resort operators, like everyone else in California, are hoping for an end to the prolonged dry spell and lots more precipitation. Credit: MMSA