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Lake-effect snow piles up south of Mono Lake

December 2nd, 2015 by Bartshé, Education Director
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Mono Craters under 10 inches of new lake-effect snow, November 27, 2015. Photo by Bartshe Miller.

Mono Craters under 10 inches of new lake-effect snow, November 27, 2015. Photo by Bartshe Miller.

Over the Thanksgiving holiday a cold, dry, low pressure system dropped into the Great Basin and turned on the snow-making machine south of Mono Lake. Cold air moving south over Mono Lake warmed slightly and absorbed evaporative water from the lake. As the air rose over the Mono Craters and points south the water vapor cooled and fell as snow. From November 26–27, champagne powder piled up over localized areas like the Mono Craters. Although Lee Vining and Eastern Sierra precipitation remains about average for October and November, the most recent storm provided an unusual lake-effect snow phenomenon.

Nellie sets her own tracks. Mt. Wood and the Sierra Crest under new snow. Photo by Bartshe Miller.

Nellie sets her own tracks. Mt. Wood and the Sierra Crest under new snow. Photo by Bartshe Miller.

Ravens gather on Black Friday, but their best deal is a roadkill Mule deer along Highway 395. Photo by Bartshe Miller.

Ravens gather on Black Friday, but their best deal is a roadkill mule deer along Highway 395. Photo by Bartshe Miller.

Looking north across Mono Lake. Snowy south contrasts with a dry north shore. Photo by Bartshe Miller.

Looking north across Mono Lake in the distance. Snowy south contrasts with a dry north shore. Photo by Bartshe Miller.


One Response to “Lake-effect snow piles up south of Mono Lake”

  1. avatar Sandra Noll Says:

    Now that’s cool – looks like some good cross-country skiing; great photos!

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