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Mt. Rainier Summit Annual Snowfall?

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Does anyone know Mt. Rainier's annual average snowfall at the summit? Or Mt. Baker proper for that matter?

 

Tony mentions that Paradise at 5,420 receives 625 annually; however I have seen three storms this season with more than 125 inches which would seem to indicate greater annual snowfall at the summit.

 

 

Or is NOAA off on these really high snowfall predictions?

 

Also, I know there was another thread about this, but 174 inches seems like really too much if you had a resort there...

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Does anyone know Mt. Rainier's annual average snowfall at the summit? Or Mt. Baker proper for that matter?

 

Tony mentions that Paradise at 5,420 receives 625 annually; however I have seen three storms this season with more than 125 inches which would seem to indicate greater annual snowfall at the summit.

 

 

Or is NOAA off on these really high snowfall predictions?

 

Also, I know there was another thread about this, but 174 inches seems like really too much if you had a resort there...

 

I can't find anything about the Mt. Rainier summit, but the NPS does publish data at Paradise back to 1920 : http://www.nps.gov/mora/planyourvisit/upload/Annual-snowfall-totals-July15-w-centlogo.pdf

 

The most snow they've had in a month at Paradise is apparently 357 inches in March 1955, per this page : http://www.nps.gov/mora/faqs.htm

 

As far as having too much snow, the lodge at Paradise (which is a neat place to stay) sometimes gets buried pretty good in winter (it's closed for several months), like this :

 

 

Of course... if there's the right amount of snow, the roof is skiable :D :

 

post #3 of 4

Could you even get an accurate measurement at the summit?

 

With the winds there it would be areal challenge to be right. They plant seismic measuring instruments up there by copter to watch for lahars, but the wind is not a factor.  

 

How could you do it?

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Probably snows more lower down from the summit.  Camp Muir would probably be the place anyone would get any sort of measurements up there?

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