Sunrise light on a grove of tufa towers emerging from the water of Mono Lake with soft green and dusty-red wild grasses in the foreground, Canada geese in the shallow water with reflections of the rocky towers, and desert hills in the distance.

It’s finally a snow day at Mono Lake!

Guess what it’s doing here today? SNOWING!!

Julia and Terry joyfully measure the night's snow accumulation: 4 inches measured at 9:00am. Photo by Elin Ljung.

With all the talk about drought in California and the West, and with the recent conclusion of the driest calendar year in the Sierra Nevada, these puffy white flakes falling from the sky couldn’t be more welcome. I took the following photos at 9:00 this morning, but since then the snow just keeps stacking up steadily! We have ten inches on the ground now at 10:45am.

The Information Center & Bookstore with its first coat of snow since October.
A messy, slushy street is a beautiful sight these days.
Our custom-made wooden mountains with a layer of snow---hopefully the real mountains are getting even more with this storm.

This winter, it’s a good day when we have to shovel the deck and sidewalk at the Mono Lake Committee at all. Today we’ve had to shovel twice already … it’s a GREAT day.

Volunteer grounds caretaker Vern makes a second pass with the shovel. Photos by Elin Ljung.


  1. I was out there just 2 weeks ago visiting the mono Lake area and it was soooo dry. Really nice to see snow on the ground in the Mono basin again. Hope more will come soon.