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June 5, 2009

June comes with Snow

Well, I think I would be remiss in my duties if I didn't point out that heavy rain is falling here in the basin, and snow has fallen, is falling, and will fall all over the Sierra. We're into some very strange freaky June weather here...but maybe we stuck the skis in the closet a little too early. Looking ahead to the weekend, watch for unsettled weather to continue, with thunder and lightning potential wherever you go.

Hard to know what to say about avalanche hazard at this point in the season (ESAC is already closed), but in addition to the usual threats, do beware of that potent June sun poking out and burning brand-new snow. Things can go from sublime to scary glop in minutes. I'm still trying to shake off a nasty playground bug, so I may be forced to sit the weekend out. If you do get out there, have fun and be safe. It might just be fantastic.

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When there is snow, SierraDescents is Andy Lewicky's California backcountry skiing and mountaineering website. Without snow, sierradescents becomes an ill-tempered hiking and climbing blog.

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