Thanks to the recent snowfall, it looks like real winter in the Mono Basin for the first time in years! Photo by Nora Livingston.
So far January has been a wonderfully snowy month, bringing precipitation to the Mono Basin that we haven’t seen for six years, since the beginning of the recent drought. We thought some photos of the snow-covered basin might be in order….
Snow blankets the mountains above the Lundy Road after snowstorms last week. Photo by Bartshe Miller.
We have been shoveling almost continuously at the Mono Lake Committee headquarters in Lee Vining. Photo by Bartshe Miller.
Andrew and Robbie skied to the lakeshore to read the lake level gauge last Wednesday. Photo by Robbie Di Paolo.
Robbie checks out the lake level gauges. Mono Lake rose about six inches last week, to 6377.5 feet above sea level. Photo by Andrew Youssef.
The Mono Lake Committee’s weather station showed 20 inches of accumulated snow by last Thursday. Photo by Bartshe Miller.
During storms, crews keep the lanes of Highway 395 plowed clear, and loaders remove the turn-lane berm of snow gradually. Photo by Bartshe Miller.
A flock of Cedar Waxwings stopped by last week. Photo by Nora Livingston.
After the snow stopped falling, poconip ice fog formed and stuck around for several days in the calm, cold conditions. Photo by Nora Livingston.
Poconip coats everything it covers in a delicate layer of rime ice, like on the bush in the foreground. Photo by Nora Livingston.
Poconip shrouds Mono Lake in the distance, but the sun shines brightly elsewhere in the Mono Basin, like in this view from the June Mountain chair lift. Photo by Nora Livingston.
Snow is forecast to keep falling throughout this weekend, and we welcome it all! We’ll take all the water for Mono Lake that we can get.