Rocky Mountain National Park – Third deepest snowpack on record

“You won’t hear about this in the mainstream media,” says reader Ryan. “Colorado front range already has more moisture than all of last year, yet all you hear is drought.”


“Almost record snowpack in Rocky Mountain National Park because it’s been cool so far, and a lot of snow,” says Ryan. “It’s Mid May by the way, and you won’t hear about this. I had to look for it specifically.”

Bear Lake in RMNP still has 58 inches of snow on the ground; third deepest snowpack on record

“Only” third deepest.

However it’s due to chilly conditions, not necessarily snowfall, though there has been snow too recently for sure. Colorado front range already has more moisture than all of last year, yet all you hear is drought. Maybe since it’s been wet in the East, they are desperate for drought somewhere.


9 thoughts on “Rocky Mountain National Park – Third deepest snowpack on record”

  1. What matters where drought is concerned is not the depth of snowpack on an arbitrary date in May, rather the total volume of melted snow filling up the strategic reservoirs in the various drainage basins.

    If there was a low snowpack all winter, then the total snowmelt will be a small number.

    Whether the snow melts in April, May, June or July is only important if the snowpack volume is of a good size.

    Without that big size, there will be water shortages however quickly or slowly it melts.

  2. Could they send some of that my way? The local rivers are FAR too low and it’s making things difficult for wading birds to find food.

  3. Man those ‘scientists’ at the Weather Channel and NOAA are scratching their heads saying ‘why is this happening’?
    I call it the Mikey Minimum!

  4. Interesting article. Thank you for posting! I enjoy reading about spots I’m familiar with.

    I regularly watch this snotel in the Snowy Range

    because it’s adjacent to the area I hike and snowshoe in early June. Looking back through the historical data for a few years it seems as if this year’s readings are middle of the road- lower than some years, but higher than others.

  5. nice to have what I had thought proven
    was mystified how with such snowfalls there isnt decent melt to make the cali sides rivers n dams flow.
    all media ive seen is screaming water shortages n drought for that side of usa

  6. Yes drought my ASS! There’s been allot of flooding in other areas as well, with heavy rains in the south central states.

    • Yep. The mighty Columbia River floods every spring. So do it’s tributaries. This last winter we had single digit cold in the first two weeks of October. Typical is December. Also had two snow days in October, typical is end of November. This year the snow pack was still on the ground at the end of March. Typically it is gone by the end of February. All the little ponds and holes are full of water…but it’s because of the drought. It’s all a mission to weaponize water. They get to use, you get to pay. 90% of the idiots are still wearing masks, so that should tell you how fn ignorant the populace is. Don’t expect anything too bright for your future.

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