I can't see 20-40cm tonight/tomorrow TBHPerisher have reported 18cm since the measurement on Wednesday which brings it to over 255, then another 20-40cm forecast over next couple days (275-295cm).
With not as much compaction as last week(the snow might not be as dry), and sun/warm wind and hopefully another early Wednesday reading we may have between 235-285cm.
I reckon we will get a new peak, but will just miss out on passing the 262 mark.
My prediction 257cm
IMO yes . Three largest stratospheric aerosol eruptions in the last centurySo Mount Agung eruption helped us to our second largest recorded peak depth 1964?
New season peak snow depth
Ben Domensino, Thursday September 21, 2017 - 17:17 EST
While parts of eastern Australia are bracing for record-breaking early spring heat this weekend, the alps are stubbornly continuing their purple patch of snow accumulation well into September.
The weekly snow depth measurement at Spencers Creek was carried out by Snowy Hydro today.
The latest depth of 240.9cm is a new peak for the current season and maintains last week's rank as the deepest natural snow base in 17 years.
The current depth is also the highest value to be recorded at Spencers Creek this late in the season for 21 years.
© Weatherzone 2017
Mm, I assume Perisher will be quoting the new figure tomorrow? Even though it's a still cop out.
NSW: The only ski areas in the world I'm aware of that can't measure their own snow.
They can, they do, when they report new snow, and see how contentious even that is, "OMG Perisher reported 10cm, but I was driving past Friday Flat the next day I could clearly see it was not even 9.1cm, those freaking liars!!!!!"
Having an independent, sort of scientific source like SnowyHydro is a godsend to them, nobody in the world has that, Carlottes', Thredbo and Perisher use the Spencer Creek Reading not because of some commercial conspiracy but because it removes a major source of aggravation to them. You may not remember but they have only used Spencers Creek as their official depth for about a decade, and they rightly call it the the Spencers Creek depth not the Perisher depth. It was decades of bullshit before that, so I think it was a genius move, and there is no way they'll go back to the old days.
In the end all you need to now is if the snow depth is ~50cm, ~100cm or ~150cm+ to gauge pretty accurately what sort of coverage you're going to get across the mountain.
Did you miss snow reporting in the 1980's?Absolutely - they would love having someone else take the measurements and then they can easily blame them for inaccurate depth recordings.
I think there are other reasons why the resorts don't measure themselves like:
- The 'actual' depths would be so embarrassingly low that it would deter people from buying lift tickets IMO. Why else do you think they use the highest elevated measured depth? For Perisher it falls conveniently about mid way between the lowest and highest points of the resort elevation so it gives an 'average' resort depth reading, but you don't nor will you ever see them using Deep creek which is roughly around elevation of the bottom of Ridge / Guthega / Smigs.
- If they did have measurement points around the resort, then wanker whingy types would constantly complain "oh why would you measure there, you should measure here"
At the end of the day, if you're a punter with very little knowledge of the Aussie ski season I can guarantee you will be taken advantage of until you (quickly) realize the reality of the situation - short winter = maximum profit needed = bend the truth as much as possible & charge you as much for anything & everything.
It's interesting..... I've been out there the last couple of days including yesterday where readings are taken. I know what the readings are saying but I observe less snow in places than the same time last season (noting that we had good post season snowfalls around this time last year). Yet in some spots there is clearly more snow. Its aspect based and as you'd expect.....in general the leeward sides that captured all the wind blown are holding up ok. This holds true for Spencers and the resorts.
yup, 42.5cm (26.oct), comparing quickly to the past few years, this is quite precipitous.
The mountain streams must be raging?