Calif snow depth/precip/watercrossing

11:44 a.m. on May 17, 2012 (EDT)
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Handy link to see how deep the snow is where you are planning to go in California this spring.  Sierra normally have snow covering trails to 11,000' level by mid June.  This year is considerably below normal.

7:16 p.m. on May 17, 2012 (EDT)
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One can use the national weather service for any state and area too. Not sure the website.

9:29 a.m. on May 27, 2012 (EDT)
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This link will gives bit of an idea of "current" snow depths.  Not a lot of snow left on many popular access trails on the eastern Sierra.  It is, compared to most, a dry winter.

Most of the locations on the southern part of the east side are down at the bottom of the list: for example Mono,   Kings R, Owens R.  Behind Mt Whitney and Williamson is the Kern R and the higher Sierra plateau between Army and Kearsarge Passes.

Usually by mid June, trails above 11,000 are covered with 3-4' berms across the trails above 10,800 or so. This year it looks like inches of snow early June.  There are several readings of 3" in late May compared to 60" last year at same time.

1:19 p.m. on May 27, 2012 (EDT)
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