March 9, 2015

Mount St. Helens: 2015 Snowpack Comparison

The warm and sunny weather yesterday provided a perfect opportunity to check out the snowpack conditions on Mount Saint Helens. I was expecting less than average snow for this time of year but I did not expect August like conditions. The Marble Mountain Sno-park is completely free of snow and the Worm Flows route does not hit snow until the USGS monitoring station at 5,600 feet. The conditions reminded me of what I typically see on the summer route in July or August. The current SNOTEL data indicates that all of the Oregon locations are below normal for this time of year.

To give you an idea of what the snowpack typically looks like, I dug up a few photos from 2013 and 2014 that were taken from similar locations.

USGS Station: May 11th, 2014
May 11th, 2014

USGS Station: March 8th, 2015
March 8th, 2015


March 24th, 2013
March 24th, 2013

March 8th, 2015
March 8th, 2015


May 11th, 2014
May 11th, 2014

July 24th, 2013
July 24th, 2013

March 8th, 2015
March 8th, 2015

Additional March 8th, 2015 Photos

A few more photos showing the 2015 conditions on the Worm Flows route:

Chocolate Falls
2015-03-08 11.05.30

Looking Up Towards the Crater Rim
helens

One thought on “Mount St. Helens: 2015 Snowpack Comparison

  1. Mauri Pelto

    Snowpack is bad in epic ways, thanks for documenting. This will make it important to observe the full exposed glacier termini this summer. I have lots of inquiries about Mount Shasta, this spring if you are headed that way, though late summer is the key time. Adams will be interesting too come August.

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