Friday, May 24, 2013

More Snow to Go

Reader Richard asked about snowmelt on Keystone Ridge. Here's a photo from Wednesday evening, May 22nd. As you can see, there is still plenty of snow yet to melt, though it's going fast now. As of Thursday evening I was calling the depth 15" and coverage at about 90%. The snow-free areas under the trees are starting to coalesce but have not spread much yet. However, with lows in the past three days in the 40s and dew points now around 30ºF, it will not take more than a few days more to reduce the snow to patches.

Denali National Park Headquarters was down to 12" of snow on the ground as of Thursday morning. The latest meltouts of the winter snowpack there is May 26, 1964 and May 25, 1992, so this year will be close.

Update: Here's a couple of photos from Friday evening, May 24th:


  1. Rick,

    Wow! That's an impressive photo given the date and the recent warmth. Wonder if there will be any traces left on June 1.


  2. There's still snow piles on north facing areas next to buildings off College Road Fri AM. No Caribou nearby to hunt, however.