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Record Snow in Northern Utah

posted Apr 19, 2011, 10:06 PM by Mac Sims   [ updated Apr 25, 2011, 4:24 PM ]
It's no secret that we got a bunch of snow this winter, but I don't think most people understand just how significant this winter's snow pack really is in northern Utah, particularly when you look at how much water all that snow represents. (Hydrologists call this Snow Water Equivalent or SWE.) NOAA tracks many Snow Telemetry stations (or SnoTels) in Utah. The following snotels have either approached or exceeded their record seasonal SWE. Here is the list with links to their SWE plots:

TGLU1 - Tony Grove Lake (NE of Logan) - 8400ft - New Record: 165% of seasonal
BULU1 - Bug Lake (West of Randolph) - 7950ft - New record: 161% of seasonal
MCRU1 - Monte Cristo (NE of Huntsville) - 8960ft - 1.0 in from record: 157% of seasonal
FMNU1 - Farmington Canyon (East of Farmington) - 7900ft - New Record: 181% of seasonal
LOPU1 - Lookout Peak (NE of SLC) - 8200ft - New Record: 213% of seasonal
MFKU1 - Mining Fork (West of Tooele) - 8000ft - New Record: 164% of seasonal
MLDU1 - Mill-D North (NW of Solitude) - 8960ft - New Record: 157% of seasonal
TIMU1 - Timpanogos Divide (North of Sundance) - 8140ft - New Record: 195% of seasonal (This one is pretty relative to Lehi)
DSTU1 - Daniels-Strawberry (South of Heber) - 8000ft - New Record: 175% of seasonal

Map of all NOAA tracked snotels in Utah.

This is an incredible number of snotels that have set record totals this year, and there are several more in other parts of the state that have also set records that I haven't listed here.

With that much water up in the mountains, it's not a question of if, but where and when flooding will happen this spring. Only the weather and temperatures will decide that. We will be working with the Lehi City leaders to mitigate any possible flood as best we can.