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Sure, another wonderful article.  I just hiked Mt. Moosilauke on Memorial Day weekend this year via the Beaver Brook Trail (part of the AT, steep and on the North side of Mt).  At 2400' or so, we hit full on winter conditions of packed ice and snow.  By 2700' or so, it was all snow at an average base depth of 4 feet of so and stayed that way all the way to treeline.  The summit was of course cooked off xcept for the Eastern snowfields by the sun and warmth.  The trail had a monorail of packed snow but a slight step off that and you postholed to your waist.  Now granted this was one of the earlier in the month of May Memorial weekends that is can be on the calendar.  But it is quite unusual for that amount of snow, especially starting that low, that late in the season.  Some of the deepest snowpacks I have seen in certain areas of the New England mountains have been over the past few years.  Now, temps have been a bit warmer and the super deep cold may have shown up but hasn't held on like in the past.  But I recall some researchers in the past saying with climate change, New England mountains could see more snow not less.  Forecasting is just that, a forecast and best guess.  They don't do great more than 4 days out on a weather forecast, so if you expect a 30 year projection to be close to accurate, well.....

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