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#20275 - 12/19/11 08:20 AM Dry December A Bad Sign For Rain Outlook In Fresno
wagga Offline


Registered: 10/07/09
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Loc: Humbug Reach (Pop. 3)
The forecast is not looking good, says the Fresno Bee.

"December is dismal in Fresno -- zero rain so far. Even worse, a dry December brings bad tidings for the rest of winter. Only once in the past 134 years has Fresno gone without December rain. This is shaping up to be the second time. And when December is dry, there's a good chance rainfall will come in sprinkles instead of buckets in the next few months, say meteorologists."
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#20276 - 12/19/11 10:56 AM Re: Dry December A Bad Sign For Rain Outlook In Fresno [Re: wagga]
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Registered: 12/08/09
Posts: 558
Loc: Bakersfield CA
Sounds good to me. After 3 years of growing snow fall in the Sierra it would be nice for a real low year. I might try to hike from June 1st into October so this is good news for me. laugh

Being swarmed by Mosquitoes when it was almost October this year was unacceptable! wink
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#20284 - 12/19/11 08:36 PM Re: Dry December A Bad Sign For Rain Outlook In Fresno [Re: wagga]
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Registered: 08/26/10
Posts: 511
Loc: CA
hell, I'm expecting about 3 or 4 years of drought now. We were lucky to have the big snows last year.

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#20285 - 12/20/11 05:26 AM Re: Dry December A Bad Sign For Rain Outlook In Fresno [Re: tdtz]
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Registered: 01/07/10
Posts: 1032
Loc: Madison, WI
I want to do a ski tour in April - the white stuff better start falling...
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#20598 - 01/08/12 02:43 AM Re: Dry December A Bad Sign For Rain Outlook In Fresno [Re: Fishmonger]
wagga Offline


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Loc: Humbug Reach (Pop. 3)
Here's a recent vid from Half Dome - Yosemite is dry.

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#20599 - 01/08/12 05:33 AM Re: Dry December A Bad Sign For Rain Outlook In Fresno [Re: wagga]
Doug Offline


Registered: 01/06/12
Posts: 8
Loc: CA
Wagga;

How did you make it up HD? Cables are down? Are you a ranger?
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#20601 - 01/08/12 08:38 AM Re: Dry December A Bad Sign For Rain Outlook In Fresno [Re: Doug]
Steve C Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 7673
Loc: Fresno, CA
Doug, the cables are "down" -- but they are still there. The cables are still usable, and anyone who wants can go. Hikers just pick up the cables where they lie on the granite, and climb up.

Here's a thread from last May:   Half Dome with Cables Down   Climbing Half Dome now would be easier, since there is no snow even on the approach.

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#20603 - 01/08/12 02:11 PM Re: Dry December A Bad Sign For Rain Outlook In Fresno [Re: Steve C]
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Registered: 11/02/09
Posts: 582
Loc: Bishop, CA, United States
I just won powder skis at the Eastern Sierra Avalanche Center season kick-off last night. (Andrew McClean was the guest speaker, presenting on skiing at 80deg north latitude and Antarctica)

You better believe there is regular snow dancing, rituals, and sacrifices being made to Jobu!!

Although it was pretty fun yesterday morning:

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#20605 - 01/08/12 02:49 PM Re: Dry December A Bad Sign For Rain Outlook In Fresno [Re: MooseTracks]
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Registered: 11/12/09
Posts: 1254
Loc: Atlanta
Guess there's an upside to the lack of snow, huh?

And staying on Jobu's good side is always a smart idea . . .

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#20610 - 01/08/12 05:23 PM Re: Dry December A Bad Sign For Rain Outlook In Fresno [Re: Steve C]
Doug Offline


Registered: 01/06/12
Posts: 8
Loc: CA
Thanks Steve!

Very impressive! I made it up HD my first time last year, hope to do Whitney this year.

Thanks for all your info - helps a lot!
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#20617 - 01/09/12 07:31 AM Re: Dry December A Bad Sign For Rain Outlook In Fresno [Re: wagga]
Brent N Offline


Registered: 01/20/11
Posts: 278
Loc: Orange County, CA
Are there any snow crossings to deal with on the way up Half Dome? I was amazed at the dryness reflected in the video. Wow.

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#20619 - 01/09/12 11:47 AM Re: Dry December A Bad Sign For Rain Outlook In Fresno [Re: Brent N]
Steve C Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
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Loc: Fresno, CA
Brent N, I found the writeup accompanying the video here:

Yosemite YEBlog @ yexplore.com

From the blog:
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The trail was virtually free of snow and ice. Rarely is the Mist Trail so dry, and there were literally a small handful of patches of snow that were easily avoidable as you made your way from Little Yosemite Valley to the summit. Sub Dome was bone dry and the cables were free of any moisture.


By the way, if you visit that blog, he has some incredible Vernal Fall ice pictures near the bottom.

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#20620 - 01/09/12 01:14 PM Re: Dry December A Bad Sign For Rain Outlook In Fresno [Re: Steve C]
Brent N Offline


Registered: 01/20/11
Posts: 278
Loc: Orange County, CA
Thanks for the link. I'm itching to go do another cables down hike. Maybe this weekend if I can get the kids' homework stars to align.

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#20626 - 01/09/12 06:08 PM Re: Dry December A Bad Sign For Rain Outlook In Fresno [Re: Steve C]
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Registered: 01/09/12
Posts: 3
Loc: California
Thanks, Steve. Half Dome was a blast and very dry. I was up Sonora Peak yesterday and that was crazy dry also. Whitney on New Year's Day was a bit troublesome for a couple members in my group about halfway up the switchbacks. Snow melts and refreezes causing some steep narrow ledges. 2 in our group made it past Trail Crest, but I went down with the ones who were having a hard time. Crampons are a must! A couple of us may give it another go in a couple of weeks if this weather pattern stays the same.
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#20643 - 01/10/12 04:19 PM Re: Dry December A Bad Sign For Rain Outlook In Fresno [Re: yexplore]
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@yexplore: Good video!

Here are some pics from the LA Times. #11 is killer good.
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#20719 - 01/13/12 08:01 AM Re: Dry December A Bad Sign For Rain Outlook In Fresno [Re: wagga]
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Registered: 01/09/12
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Loc: California
Very cool.
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#20722 - 01/13/12 08:08 AM Re: Dry December A Bad Sign For Rain Outlook In Fresno [Re: wagga]
yexplore Offline


Registered: 01/09/12
Posts: 3
Loc: California
No snow is bad but reaching summit of Mt. Conness on Wednesday is good:



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#20726 - 01/13/12 09:30 AM Re: Dry December A Bad Sign For Rain Outlook In Fresno [Re: yexplore]
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Registered: 11/02/09
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Loc: Bishop, CA, United States
Nice! I was wondering what the north ridge might look like right now. Congrats!
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