Friday, March 13, 2009

Winter 2009 British Columbia Snowpack

This week we had a cold snap with a light dusting of snow.

It stuck on the ground long enough for a few good shots against the clearing sky.

A March 11 bulletin from the British Columbia Ministry of Environment states that the snowpack for the South Coast is well below normal (63%). Peak snow accumulation will be over by mid-April, so there isn't much time left.

That doesn't bode well for river and lake levels this summer. Right now, Powell Lake is almost at it's lowest level since our arrival in 2001, and it's only March.

Low water input combined with high water extraction for electrical generation is going to make it difficult for many float cabin owners. Our cabin is in 80' of water, but others have much less depth to work with. Unfortunately, beached floats can be easily damaged. -- Margy

17 comments:

  1. Beautiful shots, the 3rd one is my favourite.

    Have a great weekend!
    Guy
    Regina In Pictures

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  2. Nice to see you back home. Your photos are lovely....the second one is my fave. Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend.
    Smiles

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  3. oh....this are amazing, thanks for sharing.:)
    and btw,thanks for visiting and for the invite,it's worth it!

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  4. Beautiful snowy landscape photos. I love those evergreen trees which are very different from what I see in the desert.

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  5. I sure hope so(end of April)....went back out for more investigation today and it was oh sooo cold but beautiful blue skies.
    Smiles
    Carolyn

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  6. Still beautiful, even with low snow. Nothing like the West Coast! (Thanks for your visit and comment!)

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  7. Beautiful, it reminds me of good times we have had camping in BC and Alberta. I am surprised that you are experiening a drought just like we are in California. Where is the precip going?

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  8. It is scary about not having enough sno-pac. we are in the same situation here in W.WA. MB

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  9. i love the first and second pictures! i always find mountains to be so pretty, and the second looks so cool!

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  10. These are so fresh and clear. Lovely cottonball clouds.

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  11. Great photos.
    Nice work.

    We have low lake levels here in Texas also even though we have received some much needed rain this week.

    Come visit,
    Troy and Martha

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  12. Margy: these photos make me drool with envy. I'm from the high desert (surrounded by mountains) in Eastern California, but have lived in flat prairie Texas for the last 30 years. Next time I visit my son in Seattle, I'm headed up to BC for the real stuff. Thanks for making my Friday!

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  13. We drove from Vancouver to Whistler and you have the most wonderful sceneries around. I want to go back and explore some more.

    Your photos make me long for BC.

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  14. Beautiful.. your photos are quite stunning and it is a shame about the snowpack and quite a concern for the upcoming summer season.

    Mountain Retreat Photography

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  15. Beautiful photos. Art was busy this week loosening the cables at the cabin as they were getting very tight with the lower water level. He is a bit concerned about the water lever because the depth behind our cabin is now at 12 ft, not sure what we will do if it gets lower...lots of rain in the forecast hope that helps.

    Margaret

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  16. Great selection of photos - looks so beautiful out there

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  17. 80 feet of water? am I reading that right. I suppose you are very careful not to let anythink sink to the bottom!
    Beautiful photos as always.

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