I have been very lax about updating the Lake Tahoe weather post but now that we are deep into Autumn and everyone in town is looking up and waiting for those snowflakes to fall I decided I better get back on that horse!
What appeared to be an early Lake Tahoe winter developing in October with record precipitation and some very strong storms has turned into a very warm and dry Indian Summer pattern. Looking down the road it appears the pattern is changing into a somewhat more favorable scenario to get some storms into the Tahoe basin. But it also looks like we might only get brush by precipitation which is not what we need but a major snowstrom or two. Receiving a good storm before Thanksgiving allows the major snow resorts to get up and running and gives a huge boost to the local economies.
I have been down this early season “where is the snow?” road before so I can say with confidence that is way, way too early to freak out yet but some snow dances and pray for snow parties are not a bad idea at this point either.
The long range models still indicate an above average year for snow and that El Nino is still there and developing, Looking at other El Nino years keep in mind that many of those years were very wet and a bulk of the precipitation came later in the year and not earlier. I still think that January, February and March will be very wet if not epic so hang in there Lake Tahoe. It will snow.
UPDATE: Looking at the long range Lake Tahoe weather models it appears there may be a big change which may bring some serious storms into Lake Tahoe and the High Sierra during the November 15-24 period. This is a long way out but it does look better and some of the commercial long range weather companies are pointing to this wetter period as well.
(Burn some ski’s and Boards)
The squirrels have gone absolutely crazy eating and actually cutting pine cones from the trees in preparation for a HUGE South Lake Tahoe winter? Only time will tell but there are actual scientific indications for a big winter namely our old friend “El Nino” The El Nino is expected to strengthen later this fall and become a full fledged El Nino by mid winter.
El Nino does not always foretell a big winter but in a majority of cases winter of note are associated with an El Nino event.
Noteable El Nino winter from the past have been 1982-83; 1968-69; 2004-05; 1997-98. It is worth noting that the BIG winter of 1951-52 was not an strong El Nino but there have been some comparisons to that epic winter and how this El Nino is beginning and is forecast to locate itself. Maybe I need to bring in more firewood and get the hurricane lamps ready!
I have been trying to do further historic research an winter such as 1846-47 which of course was the winter the Donner Party was trapped in the Sierra’s and endured incredible hardships. That winter the snow was estimated at Donner lake to be over 22 feet deep! The estimates at Donner Summit were over 40 feet! Was that an El Nino year? I am checking.
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This has been an amazing week for weather at South Lake Tahoe! As a 30 year local of the Tahoe basin this may be the longest period of Thunderstorm activity that I can remember. This kind of activity usually occurs later in the summer during the southwest Monsoon season and even then the Lake Tahoe region rarely sees days let alone weeks of thunderstorm activity. That being said the upside to all of the moisture are numerous”
1) The fire season has been postponed even with all of the lightning-too wet as of now
2) The spring runoff has been enhanced by the extra precipitation
3) Fabulous gardening season will follow
4) The wildflowers in the high country will be outrageous and could start early and last very late
5) I like the rain….speaking as an Oregon Duck alumnus!
Bright Spot In Economy? Lake Tahoe Vacations
South Lake Tahoe, CA May 3, 2009 - The unprecedented economic slide throughout the country (and the globe) has affected all of us…no doubt about that but there may be some surprising silver linings in those dark and threatening skies. Americans still have the need to find recreation and relaxation and a Lake Tahoe vacation rental seems to be the perfect fit.
The past 12 months have been some of the darkest economic times in nearly 70 years yet Lake Tahoe vacation rental homes for the most part have bucked the trend and are actually flourishing albeit with steep discounts, specials and other incentives. But, the trend is unmistakable. Americans still love Lake Tahoe and are making their vacation plans with a general disregard of current economic problems. Homeowners and management firms have made deep concessions to lure the Lake Tahoe vacationer into their properties but the fact remains that the numbers of visitors is surprisingly high and the drop off from past years is not as great as had been feared.
Looking back at history Americans reeling from economic disaster in the 1930′s began to invent ways in which to entertain themselves on the relative “cheap”. Baseball became America’s Pastime as a family could go to the ballpark and receive great entertainment at a great value. Monopoly was invented and the game of Bridge became a national obsession. How does this relate to 2009 and the Lake Tahoe vacation rental market? As in the past Americans during times of stress still need recreation via a relaxing vacation but look for the greatest value to spend their dollars on. Instead of taking the kids on a Disney Cruise or cross-country flights to visit Grandma in Wisconsin Americans are now looking closer to home for a vacation that will not break the bank but still deliver an excellent Vacation value.
Lake Tahoe and its driving proximity to nearly 45 million people is a perfect example of this. Where else can a family get in the car and drive 2-7 hours and arrive at one of the worlds most famous and beautiful vacation destinations?
By utilizing a Tahoe Vacation rental families can save a mountain of money by being able to cook their meals at “home” if they wish instead of going out for breakfast, lunch and dinner. With a family of four this can really add up so the savings are huge. And unlike a hotel the family has a lot of room to spread out and relax. Many units have private hot tubs, pool tables, foosball, table games and multiple TV’s. All units come equipped with a fully outfitted kitchen, complete set of linens and towels, starter pack of paper products and usually a good supply of spices and other basics.
For homeowners utilizing a vacation rental program it is not an end all to monetary problems but for those homeowners who would like to see their taxes, insurance and other general overhead not including the the mortgage being supplemented a vacation rental program may be a perfect fit.
The downside for homeowners and the upside for renters is the fact that with the economic upheaval and the ongoing housing crisis the number of properties being offered as rentals has spiked. Prospective vacation rental guests should interview the owner or management firm to make sure that the property they are considering renting has the amenities that are being advertised. By utilizing a local Lake Tahoe management firm many of these worries can be alleviated. Most of the larger firms in Lake Tahoe have onsite maintenance personnel that are on call 24/7 to respond to a guests needs such as a heater not operating upon a late check-in or a water heater that suddenly needs attention. Most Lake Tahoe management firms are local so these issues can be resolved quickly whereby if the guest is renting a “for rent by owner” property then these issues may take many hours or days if they get resolved at all as the homeowner may live in Los Angeles or San Francisco and not have the local maintenance resources readily at hand.
Americans love to travel and will find a way to do it no matter what. A vacation rental property at Lake Tahoe is the perfect answer for many vacationers looking to create a memorable, fun filled yet affordable mountain vacation experience.
About Pinnacle Lake Tahoe Getaways:
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