Picture of the week – May in February 2/21/15

Van Norden Meadow with low snow pano2 2-20-15


This picture of Van Norden Meadow may look like it was taken during the spring melt, but it was actually taken the day before this post. Where you would expect to see 6-8 ft of snow blanketing the meadow, only small patches of the white stuff can be found. This is a dramatic example of just how dry this winter has been. Ski resorts are closed, ski races cancelled and winter events are taking in place in shorts weather. While we still have March and April left, this weeks picture suggests a very dry summer for the Summit this year. Of course the “white” knuckle question is whether this drought will eventually break in the next year or two or is the new winter due to climate change. Only time will tell.

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