December 16, 2010

Two Front Teeth…

In the What I Want for Christmas department, a little snow would certainly be nice. Here's one of the forecasts I track: San Jacinto Peak. Okay, before you get too excited, notice how low the snowfall totals are, despite what looks like 5-7 days of precip in a row. This is tracking depressingly close to par for a La Nina winter, with the storms kind of skirting the Southland. Better news when you go farther north: North Palisade.

So a Mammoth weekend is probably a good bet—if you can stand the drive and associated risks.

UPDATE: Okay, precip totals for the Southland are looking a lot better now, with heavy snow forecast for the mts on Tuesday. Unfortunately, the snow level is currently hovering around 9000', so local resorts are pretty much hosed. Observation: high snow levels (ie, warm storms) are not what we expect in a La Nina year...

Andy Lewicky

ANDY LEWICKY is a Los Angeles-based writer and photographer who enjoys good books, jasmine tea, long walks in the rain, and climbing and skiing the big peaks of the California Sierra. email | follow

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