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Short Range Forecast Discussion
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Short Range Forecast Discussion - Updated for Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Today looks mostly sunny, with breezy and drier conditions as the unusually cold low pressure system to the north (that dropped snow in the high mountains of Idaho and Montana) retreats to the north and east. Wednesday through the weekend continues mostly dry and warmer under a west flow aloft, but mostly sunny conditions dominate. Isolated afternoon thunderstorms return for Aspen this weekend. CM

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12,510 ft
8,104 ft
4,406 ft
5.3mi
RESORT INFO ↑54° ↓36° ↑78° ↓45°
  • Last Update 13 Apr @ 07:04
  • Snow Past 24 Hours 0 in
  • Snow Past 48 Hours 0 in
  • Season Total 178 in
  • Average Base Depth 0 in
Comments
None Reported
Today's Snow Potential
None expected
What's Open?
  • Trails0 of 94
  • Lifts0 of 21
  • Acreage0 of 3332 (0%)
Other Info
  • Additional ReportsNone
28 Tuesday ↑54° ↓36° ↑78° ↓45°
Sky Condition
Mostly clear to partly cloudy and mild/ dry, with somewhat windy conditions on the upper mountain.
Precipitation
None expected
Snow Potential
None expected
Wind
Base; Variable at 4-12mph, becoming W at 10 to 20mph. Above timberline; W/ NW at 20 to 30 gusts to 40mph.
29 Wednesday ↑56° ↓38° ↑80° ↓44°
Sky Condition
Mostly clear to partly cloudy and warmer, plus continued pretty dry, with not a lot of wind on most of the mountain. Very isolated thunderstorms develop on the peaks by afternoon, ending by evening.
Precipitation
10% chance for showers (afternoon)
Snow Potential
None expected
Wind
Base; Variable at 4-12mph, becoming W at 5 to 15mph. Above timberline; W/ NW at 10 to 20 gusts to 30mph.
30 Thursday ↑58° ↓40° ↑82° ↓46°
Sky Condition
Mostly clear to partly cloudy and warmer still, with not a lot of wind on most of the mountain. Very isolated thunderstorms develop on the peaks by afternoon, ending by evening.
Precipitation
10% chance for showers (afternoon)
Snow Potential
None expected
Wind
Base; Variable at 4-12mph, becoming W at 5 to 15mph. Above timberline; NW at 10 to 20 gusts to 30mph.
31 Friday ↑58° ↓42° ↑80° ↓51°
Sky Condition
Partly cloudy and warm, with isolated thunderstorms developing in the area by afternoon, mostly ending in the evening.
Precipitation
20% chance for showers (mainly afternoon)
Snow Potential
None expected
Wind
Base; Variable at 4-12mph, becoming W at 10 to 20mph. Above timberline; NW at 10 to 20 gusts to 30mph. Wind gusts to 45mph are possible in/ near any thunderstorm.
01 Saturday ↑56° ↓41° ↑79° ↓50°
Sky Condition
Partly cloudy and continued warm, with isolated thunderstorms again developing in the area by afternoon, mostly ending in the evening.
Precipitation
20% chance for showers (mainly afternoon)
Snow Potential
None expected
Wind
Base; Variable at 4-12mph, becoming W at 5 to 15mph. Above timberline; NW at 10 to 20 gusts to 30mph. Wind gusts to 45mph are possible in/ near any thunderstorm.
02 Sunday ↑63°  17c° ↓46°  8c° MID MTN
Sky Condition
Partly cloudy with isolated storms
Precipitation
Isolated Storms (Potential precip: 0.08in, 2.06mm)
Snow Potential
None Expected
Wind
From the NW at 4 to 6 MPH.
Long Range Forecast Discussion:

7 day to 2 week+ forecast (since 1998) - We plan to bring this back in the fall, unless we receive interest in firing the longer range forecast back up, sooner.

The El Nino SST pattern is strong, right now, and it looks like we will see a VERY strong El Nino this fall and winter, possibly stronger than the 1997-1998 version, which is the strongest (in terms of SST anomaly) on record. This set-up would usually cause heavier rain and snow across California (mainly southern and central, possibly including Tahoe, but especially including Mountain High and Big Bear, as the epic 1997-1998 season can attest to) and the southwest US this winter. This would be a vast improvement for Tahoe-Mammoth. Southwest Colorado and northern New Mexico usually do well, including Taos Ski Valley, who had a great season in 2014-2015 with the weak El Nino(ish) anomaly. Aspen is in between, and we would say average snowfall should be expected at Aspen-Snowmass in 2015-2016. We will be posting a detailed outlook for Aspen-Snowmass, Squaw Valley/ Tahoe, Mountain High, and Taos Ski Valley in the coming months. We will be monitoring the progress of this right here, stay tuned... CM

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