Conditions are still showery over the American River Basin today, but temperatures have cooled, with snow levels likely around 3000-4000 ft. This pattern is forecast to persist over the next 24-36 hours, with temperatures cooling a bit more. Thereafter, a dry pattern is forecast to be in place into the early part of next week. Our next (and probably last) opportunity for an IOP-worthy precipitation event is probably in the Tuesday to Thursday period of next week (18-20 March). At this point, model guidance indicates that this event will produce no more than minor amounts of precipitation within our domain. However, there is a reasonably well-defined (yet modest) moisture plume associated with this system and snow levels would possibly be above Blue Canyon. Therefore, this system warrants our attention, at least for a few more forecast cycles.
On Monday (17 March), if the forecast continues to indicate low to zero probability of an IOP-worthy precipitation event within our domain for next week (i.e., week of 17 March), we will terminate HMT-West 2008 project operations for the season. Under this scenario, Monday 17 March would be our last daily teleconference of the season.
Data from the Big Bend (BBD) field site is not being telemetered to Boulder. The problem is likely related to a faulty modem that will not be repaired until at least the week of 24 March. Even with this problem, it is believed that instruments are operating normally and data is being archived on-site.