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Some of the cars in that Timberline parking lot picture look verrry
familiar.

On Thu, Oct 16, 2008 at 7:38 AM, Jay Silveira <[log in to unmask]>wrote:

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>  Bolton Valley, VT 03MAR2008
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> *http://www.JandEproductions.com/2008/03APR08.html<http://www.jandeproductions.com/2008/03APR08.html>
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> After *a minor snowstorm on Friday*<http://www.easternuswx.com/bb/index.php?showtopic=161044>followed by a sunny weekend with
> *winter-like conditions on Saturday*<http://www.jandeproductions.com/2008/29MAR08.html>and more
> *spring-like conditions on Sunday*<http://www.jandeproductions.com/2008/30MAR08.html>,
> the last day of March 2008 saw a return to snowfall with the approach of *another
> small storm* <http://www.easternuswx.com/bb/index.php?showtopic=161119>.  I
> headed in to Burlington on Monday morning, and at around 9:00 A.M. it
> started to snow there.  I sent in an update on the snowfall to *
> EasternUSwx.com* <http://www.easternuswx.com/> about an hour later:
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> *"I'm currently in Burlington, where we've had moderate to occasionally
> heavy snow driven by a strong south wind for about the last hour.  The
> snow is flying by my window fast enough that it is difficult to get a read
> on the flake size, but the flakes look to be in the 0.5 to 1 cm range.  It's
> also cold enough at this point that the snow is accumulating on all surfaces
> (grass, untreated pavement, cars) here at UVM (elevation 380').  There
> appears to be  to  inch of accumulation out there so far."*
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> The Burlington snowfall eventually slowed down, and with relatively warm
> temperatures achieved in the Champlain Valley, the new snow that had
> accumulated on the ground had generally disappeared by later in the day.  However,
> we did retain some accumulation in Waterbury, as I found when I recorded
> snowfall and weather observations that evening:
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> *Monday, March 31st, 2008:  6:00 P.M. update from Waterbury, VT*
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> *New Snow: 1.9 inches*
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> *Liquid Equivalent:  0.24 inches*
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> *Ratio:  7.9 to 1*
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> *Snow Density:  12.6% H2O*
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> *Temperature:  35.6 F*
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> *Humidity:  91%*
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> *Barometer:  30.33 in Hg*
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> *Wind:  Calm*
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> *Sky:  Cloudy*
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> *Cumulative storm snow total:  1.9 inches*
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> *Cumulative storm liquid total:  0.24 inches*
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> *Current snow at the stake:  24 inches*
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> *Season snowfall total:  201.6 inches*
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> *"It wasn't snowing when I left the house in Waterbury (495') this morning
> at around 6:00 A.M., nor in Burlington when I arrived there, but at around
> 8:00 A.M. or so I watched the clouds drop on the Green Mountain spine, and
> soon tendrils of snowfall appeared around the peaks.  At roughly 9:00
> A.M., snow started to fall in Burlington, and it came down moderately for
> much of the morning driven by a strong south wind.  It appears as though
> most surfaces in my area of UVM (380') accumulated perhaps a slushy inch,
> but the snow shut off in the afternoon and any accumulation had disappeared
> by the time I left at around 5:00 P.M.  It was actually cool and windy
> when I departed Burlington, cooler than I'd thought it would be based on the
> way I'd seen the snow disappear.  Still, after what I'd seen in
> Burlington, I didn't expect to find much accumulation at our place in
> Waterbury since we're at a similar elevation.  I dozed off on the bus ride
> home, but I don't recall seeing any accumulation in the Richmond park and
> ride area (300').  I woke up when we were in the mountains approaching
> Waterbury, and the world was much whiter despite no substantial elevation
> changes.  I began to think we might have actually retained some
> accumulating snow at the house.  At the Waterbury park and ride (500')
> there was about an inch of wet snow on my car, so I knew we'd have something
> at the house.  On an interesting weather-related aside, the woman getting
> into her car next to me seemed very annoyed to find that snow had
> accumulated during the day (perhaps thinking spring was on the way after
> yesterday's sunny, warm weather), and said out loud to no one in particular
> "I don't like this snow!"  I managed to refrain from making any sort of
> comment, but it wasn't easy.  Back at the house I found 1.9 inches of
> accumulated snow on the old snowpack, although the snow on the snowboard had
> settled down to around an inch due to the temperature.  This spring there
> have been a couple of marginal occasions where the elevated snowboard has
> actually suppressed potential snowfall totals when temperatures are
> marginal, and I've had to use the ground or old snowpack.  So, next season
> I'm going to try to make sure I've got a snow surface board as well for
> those events.  Fortunately, in these types of occasions my regular
> snowboard has still worked well for getting a core sample.  My wife said
> that she though they'd had a bit more snow (perhaps 2 to 3 inches of
> accumulation) where she was in Morrisville (650') although it was hard to
> tell with the way the snow was settling as the day wore on.  On a seasonal
> accumulations note, this event did bring us past the 200-inch mark here in
> Waterbury according the measurements I've made using NWS-style intervals.
> In terms of the local ski areas, the highest accumulation I've seen from
> this event was 4 inches at Smuggler's Notch Resort."*
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> I didn't get out to ski in the fresh snow from that event, but it did mark
> a big milestone in my Waterbury snowfall records for the season because we
> passed the 200-inch accumulation mark.  We followed the snowfall up with
> another stretch of sunny spring weather during the middle of the week, and
> on Thursday I had a chance to head up to the mountain again.  After an
> appointment with the dentist at 2:00 P.M., I was driving down Main Street in
> Waterbury, and as I looked down the end of the street all I could see were
> blue skies and mountains full of snow.  It was like one of those classic
> shots that they always show of certain ski towns with the snowy mountains
> looming over the street.  The view wasn't quite as dramatic as shots I've
> seen from places like say, Telluride, but it was pretty obvious and I really
> wished that I'd had one of my cameras handy because it would have made a
> great shot.  I contemplated grabbing my camera from the house and getting
> the shot before heading up for skiing, but it was already 3:00 P.M. and if I
> was going to squeeze in any lift-served runs before the lifts shut down I
> was going to have to get moving.
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> The valley temperature was probably well into the 40s F as I headed to the
> mountain, and by the time I reached the Vista Summit (3,150') it was
> somewhere in the 30s F at that elevation.  For my first run I took a
> gentle Sherman's Pass and connected down to Beech Seal.  That route had
> awesome corn snow that made for great turns.  I had ridden the lift with a
> woman who after apparently skiing rather occasionally, was getting more
> serious about her skiing.  She was having a lot of fun out on the slopes
> working on her technique, and enjoying the convenience and vibe of Bolton
> Valley.  We had a good conversation about the resort's many attributes.
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> By the time I hit the Vista summit on my next lift ride it was already
> after 4:00 P.M.  Since it would be my last run I took my time there and
> enjoyed the views.  To the north, the alpine regions of Mansfield were
> looking quite dramatic with the remains of winter's snows clinging to the
> peaks.  There were still almost 100 inches of snow at the stake, but I
> could see how the southern and eastern slopes had started to become melted
> out by the spring weather.
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> For my descent I started out with the same route that I'd done earlier, and
> I actually checked out the snow on Spillway as I passed above it since I was
> keen to get a nice spring run on there.  For some reason, the snow on
> Spillway just hadn't seemed to soften.  I'm not sure if the snow was just
> too dense or compacted from wind, but it hadn't turned to corn like many of
> the other trails.  Perhaps Spillway needed somewhat warmer temperatures
> that just 30s F to really soften up.  I switched things up a bit and skied
> New Sherman's Pass, but ended up back on Beech Seal again because the turns
> had been so good there.  For the outing my Avocet altimeter recorded
> 2,060' of descent and my Suunto recorded 2,054' of descent for a difference
> of just 0.3%.  On my way back down the access road, I could see that
> several cars were lined up along the snow at the Timberline base; no doubt
> these vehicles belonged to various folks out earning their turns for the
> afternoon shift.  It was tempting to stay and earn another run, but I knew
> dinner would soon be calling.
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> Pictures from the day are also available at:
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> *http://www.JandEproductions.com/2008/03APR08.html<http://www.jandeproductions.com/2008/03APR08.html>
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