The storms this past weekend brought seven inches of water.
“As a water supply manager you look for how much water is in the snow,” said Brian McInerney, a hydrologist with the National Weather Service in
“It was heavier, denser snow,” said McInerney. “That's why we have such an avalanche problem today, but it was just what we needed - a very wet storm.”
Chief Meteorologist Jim Kosek said that is because of where this storm originated.
“It’s called the Pineapple Express,” said Kosek. “Moisture that originates near the Hawaiian islands is able to move eastward with the steering winds and because we don’t have any appreciable land mass until you hit
While getting back to average is good news, after two dry winters
McInerney said that will be difficult to reach.
“Are we going to get 120% of runoff by spring? Probably not - that would be a far fetched number to get,” said McInerney.
By the numbers:
2014 Snow Water Equivalent February 11 – 12.3”
2013 Snow Water Equivalent February 11 – 13.5”
Northern Utah/Bear River Drainage
Average Snow Water Equivalent February 11 – 12.8”
2014 Snow Water Equivalent February 11 – 12.9”
2013 Snow Water Equivalent February 11 – 10.3”
See graphs for additional snowpack information.
Northern Utah - see Bear River Drainage map