Recreational Weather for Mammoth Mountain and the Eastern Sierra
August 29th, 2022 @ 12:55 PM – Today’s weather story runs as follows, a large dome of high pressure will building into the west this week. That will bring an end of Summer warm-up to the Eastern Sierra, with highs running 7-10 degrees above average.
Temperatures at the resort levels at 8900 feet will be in the low to mid-70s. Mammoth Lakes looks to be in the upper 70s to low 80s and Bishop will roast in the low 100s.
Precipitation wise this week will be dry with some isolated build-ups possible.
The good news is nights are much longer now so the high country will cool off faster with overnight lows in the mid-50s.
If you’re down in the Bishop area lows will be into the mid-60s by sunrise.
This pattern will be with us right through the 8-10-day period with the ensemble models showing some troughing off the coast by around the September 10th time frame.
The EPS ensemble also introduces some possible T Storms mainly south of Mammoth Mountain by the middle of next week.
Here are the links to the specific highs, lows, and wind speeds for many of the major recreation points in the Eastern Sierra: Mammoth Mountain Main Lodge, Top of Mammoth Mountain, Mammoth Lakes, June Lake, Crowley Lake, Toms Place, Rock Creek Lake, Bishop & Mill Pond, South Lake.
Please Note: Fire Restrictions are in place on all National Forest Service and BLM Lands in the Eastern Sierra.
Current Satellite View
10-Day Outlook and Discussion
Monday, August 29th, 2022 – If you’re a weather watcher this Thursday will be the start of the Meteorological Fall.
However, it will feel more like July outside with the largest dome of high pressure that we have seen all Summer.
Expect the warm days to last into next Tuesday / Wednesday so all the way out to September 8th or so.
Beyond that, some troughing sets up off the coast of California with GEFS a bit stronger with that feature than the EPS ensemble.
A pattern like that would bring the area to near-average temperatures for this time of year. That low could also bring up a weaker monsoonal flow to the East Side once again.
Time to be watching the pattern after mid-September to see if there are any slight dustings of snow that will be possible.
The EPS ensemble keeps showing that slight dusting right around the week of the 21st of September.
Below are the most current EPS and then the GEFS 500 Height Anomaly Ensemble Mean Runs
EPS & GEFS 10-Day Temperature Anomaly Ensemble Mean – Let’s hope the GEFS wins out as the EPS has Extreme heat to the West of the Sierra.
EPS 10 Day 24 Hour Precipitation Ensemble Mean
GEFS 45 Day Ensemble Mean
GEFS 45 Day Precipitation Chart – GEFS has up to an inch of rain over the Sierra with a dusting of snow late in the month. The EPS is dry during the same period so which ensemble wins is anyone’s guess.
Again these are outlooks not forecast. This is good data to use to see what the trends in the pattern are.
GEFS 45 Day 500 hPa Height & Anomaly
ECMWF Long Range Seasonal Outlook
8-29 Dropped the unreliable CFSv2 that changes beyond reason every single run. Lol see ya…
**The new Euro data comes out each month around the 5th of the month. The next update on this data will be around September 7th here at the Mammoth Snowman website.
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