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Winter Backpacking Conditions and Gear.

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WINTER 2019 WEATHER FORECAST, THE POLAR VORTEX, and accessing the WINTER WONDERLAND sticky icon

WINTER WEATHER, THE POLAR VORTEX, and the WINTER WONDERLAND

Enjoy the Show and the Snow

Wet and stormy week ahead for all of California; Dipole pattern to follow,
Weather West, January 13, 2019.

MAIN POINTS

Recap of the Season, so far.

View of the Series of Storms we just experienced-are experiencing.

Analysis of Saturated Soils-Wildfire Mud flow Dangers

 

>> KEY POINT <<

Medium-to-Long Forecast

“Unusually strong consensus regarding development of “Warm West/Cool East” pattern”

Blocking Ridge Returns
“...there is rather striking multi-model ensemble agreement (dare I say unanimity?) that a high-amplitude blocking pattern will develop across much of the Northern Hemisphere during the second half of January, and perhaps persisting for weeks (at least through mid-February).”

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January of 2019 All High Sierra Outdoors & Nature News Index sticky icon

 

Updated
January 18, 2019

 

LATEST HIGH SIERRA TRAIL NEWS
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LATEST HIGH SIERRA GENERAL NEWS
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LAST MONTHS' NEWS

 

Latest
High Sierra Backpacker's News
 Man and Nature

 
January, 2019

Happenings in the relationship between Man and Nature affecting our hike down life's trail through both worlds. We study both the reality created by humans and the uncreated reality reflected in, and tended by Nature. 

The vast majority of our reporting on Nature comes from the American Association of Scientists summarizations of each day's bounty of the peer-reviewed research published by academic institutions and journals around the world.

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December 2018 All High Sierra Outdoors & Nature News Index sticky icon

 

Updated
December 27, 2018

 

LATEST HIGH SIERRA TRAIL NEWS
BELOW

 

LATEST HIGH SIERRA GENERAL NEWS
BELOW

 

NEXT MONTHS' NEWS

LAST MONTHS' NEWS

 

Latest
High Sierra Backpacker's News
 Man and Nature

 
December, 2018

Happenings in the relationship between Man and Nature affecting our hike down life's trail through both worlds. We study both the reality created by humans and the uncreated reality reflected in, and tended by Nature. 

The vast majority of our reporting on Nature comes from the American Association of Scientists summarizations of each day's bounty of the peer-reviewed research published by academic institutions and journals around the world.

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High Sierra Mountain Safety. Hazards & Alerts: Winter of 2018 sticky icon

 

 

Hazards & Alerts: High Sierra Winter of 2018

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General
Observation & Analysis

THE WINTER of 2018
 

Previous Report
Fall 2017 Hazards & Alerts

 

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ARRIVAL of the WINTER of 2019

ARRIVAL of the WINTER of 2019

Current Progress, Comparisons, and the Arts of Prognostication

Warm North Pacific
The anticipated El Nino is not happening, so far at least, as cool water continues to surface off the central-Western coast of South America. But, we are having what appears to be a, "Northern El Nino," with abberant warm waters persisting in the Gulf Alaska, and generally warmer than normal water spread all around & across the North Pacific. Weird...

Tracking El Nino

Nonetheless, we’re looking a lot better this year than last, having 108% of a normal snowpack on December 5th this year, compared to the 23% of average on December 29th of 2017.

Last year’s snowpack total came in at 58% of average, only being preserved, and luckily, being stretched-out to human-use sufficiency, by the cool temps and late-season storms we experienced through last year's Spring.

Will we get so little snow, and be so lucky with its timing, this year as we had last year?

 

Weatherhead

Tracking El Nino

Tracking Tropical Activity

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Ultra Dry 2018 Winter Fire in Bishop: New Normal Emerging: Wait 'till Summer

 

MIDWINTER FIRE
Ultra Dry Winter Fire in Bishop

New Normal Season Emerging: Wait 'till Summertime

Update: Pleasant Fire at 2,250 acres; 15 percent containment,
Sierra Wave, February 19, 2018, 11:00 AM.

 

STATUS
Incident Start Date: 2/18/2018

Incident Start Time: 2:12 P.M.

Total Acreage: 2,250 Containment: 15%

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High Sierra Health & Fitness: 2018 Winter Mosquitoes, Owens Valley

 

Winter Mosquitoes 2018

Owens Valley

Skeeters Rise in Unseasonable Heat

Warm weather awakens mosquitoes,
Sierra Wave, February 11, 2018.

"...an increase in reports from residents seeing mosquitoes this February due to the unseasonably warm weather..."

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Central-Northeast-Southeast US SUPERCHILL: Now a Supercharged Northeaster

 

 

Crashing Weather Patterns
Central-Northeast-Southeast US SUPERCHILL

Now a Supercharged Northeaster

Storm Formation off Coasts of Flordia, Georgia & Carolinas

'Bombogenesis' takes aim at U.S. Northeast as South hit by snow,
Reuters, January 3, 2018.

 

Then the Storm Moves up to Atlantic New England:

 

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Lake Tahoe Basin Transportation: TART Extended Winter Ski Resort Services

 

 

Tahoe Transportation

Extended Winter Ski Resort Services

TART extends winter hours, services,
Sierra Sun, December 31, 2017.

 

 

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The High Sierra. The Mountain Vault of Winter Snow: Winter Changes Terrain Lifestyles

 

 

The High Sierra
The Mountain Vault of Winter Snow

Winter Changes Terrain Lifestyles

Sierra wildlife prepares for winter’s arrival,
Sierra Sun, November 24, 2017.

 

Winter Gear for the High Sierra Backpacker

 

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2017 Sierra Nevada Water Year Blows Average out of the Water

 

 

2017 Sierra Nevada Water Year Blows Average out of the Water 

Article

 

Super wet Winter

 

A crazy water year ended Saturday. So did we set any records for rain and snow?
Modesto Bee, October 1, 2017.

This was the craziest snow & spring thaw year in the Sierra in my adult memory, looking like the second wettest year in recorded history?

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Prepping for Winter High Up on Highway 108

 

 

Prepping for Winter
High Up on Highway 108

Bloom up on the Mountain

Mountain resorts repair damage, prepare for another wet winter,
Union Democrat, September 15, 2017. 

 

Kennedy Meadows Pack Station

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BACKPACKER ALERT: February 20, 2017

 Hey Hikers,

Alex here, from Tahoe to Whitney.

Sorry about the delay contacting you. I have had a series of distracting personal events while Nature has cut loose. Nonetheless, I have been tracking the wild weather across the Backpacker News Pages on the Forum and the Backpacker's Calendar on the Trail Guide. I hope you've checked them out and found them useful and informative.

Recent Backpacker News
http://tahoetowhitney.org/content/backpacker-news-february-march-2017

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January and February 2016 Backpacking Sky Tracking: When Will the Sierra Open?

Start the Heart of Winter
 Below we are tracking specific observations, forecasts, and weather events affecting the trajectory of the Spring Snowpack along this year's specific, unique evolution to open, Summer-condition status for Summertime backpacking.

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High Sierra Backpacking News and Observations: January and February 2016

High Sierra Backpacker News

January & February
 2016

UPDATED
                Feb 18, 2016.
 News, Events, Observations, and Analysis

Earlier News
November and December 2015.

Happy Trails through the New Year...

Astronomy
Picture of the Day
 NASA 

We're covering News from across the worlds of media, science, and Nature influencing the High Sierra and its Backpackers. We're especially focused on the profound changes in the progression, timing, and character of the seasons in the Sierra.

Much like the very high and low lattitudes are suffering swift changes in climate, so too is our high elevation High Sierra showing dramatic changes in the progression, timing, and character of the seasons.

We study causes and consequences of pertinent political, economic, social, and human cultural events driving these changes in pursuit of revealing and understanding the root motivations impelling us to torture ourselves, each other, and our planet that is powering the destruction of our environment. 

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Winter to Spring to Summer 2015-16: Depths of Drought to Depths of Flooding?

December 11 2015

Our goal here is to track each stage of the Fall-Winter-Spring transition to Summer conditions. Our main goal is to determine when trails will open to Summer conditions.

As Fall comes to a close certain patterns have manifested themselves. These have set the stage for the advent of Winter. We've seen that the remnants, the tail ends of the tropical fronts hitting the Sierra have put a reasonable Fall coat of snow on the Sierra.

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December 2015 Backpacker Alert: Central-West Pacific Conditions Change

FORCES at PLAY 

1> Spin and Cold of the Arctic Circle

 2>  Central and North-East Pacific High Pressure Zone

 3>  Location of Fierce El Nino Waters and Thunderstorms

 

Results So Far

1> Weak Arctic: Low pressure zones are meandering around the Bearing Straight and Gulf of Alaska. Arctic has not chilled down fiercly and spun-up. It's weak.

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