That's right folks! MORE Arctic Tundra!
7:30 a.m. Cascades Trailhead conditions:
Temperature is 19.9 degrees F and falling (and visibly falling in the last hour by several degrees);
Humidity is 48% and steady;
Pressure is 29.94" of Hg and steady;
The Cascades Brook appreciated the melting yesterday and there are a few open patches of water out there;
The Cascades themselves are still more or less buried;
The wind is persistent and we saw a 5.0 mph peak in the observation period;
The USFS Fire Danger Class is NONE!
The seasonal snow total is now 108.5"!!!
And best of all, because the temperature profile was colder, we never transitioned to rain.
So... We get to keep ALL of our snowpack!
FORECAST from the National Weather Service for today:
Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 15.
(Here is the "killer" part...)
Wind chill values as low as -8. Northwest wind 14 to 16 mph.
(Though it is more sheltered down here by the Lodge and we tend not to see those wind peaks.)