The winter season is technically defined as: December, January and February. This is what is known as the “meteorological winter”. According to the “calendar season”, winter doesn’t officially end until the Spring Equinox, which will be this coming Monday, March 20th. In Jackson Hole, winter isn’t over until the “ski season” ends in April. And … Continue reading Jackson Hole’s Winter Season 2016-17 in Review
(This article first appeared in the Mountain Weather column in the Jackson Hole News & Guide on Feb. 1st, 2017). Winter is half over, but already huge! The first half of the winter season draws to a close on Thursday, February 2nd, Groundhog’s Day. That is the halfway point between December’s Solstice and March’s Equinox. … Continue reading February 2nd Marks Halfway Point of Winter
Normally at end of the year, I like to review the weather highlights for the past 12 months. However, this December had so much weather to talk about, that I could easily fill this space with the highlights from this past month alone. Which is what I will do. Two weeks from now, in the … Continue reading A Good Old-Fashioned December in Jackson Hole
6:00 am MST Wednesday December 28th, 2016: On the Upper Mountain at the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, the settled snow depth at the bottom of Rendezvous Bowl (Elevation: 9,580-ft.) stood at 93 inches. That is the second deepest snowdepth for this date, in the last 42 years of records for that site. The only other … Continue reading JHMR Goes Deep, Top to Bottom!
(This article first appeared in the Jackson Hole News & Guide, Nov. 23rd, 2016 issue.) About a week or so ago, NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center announced that, “La Nina conditions were present and favored to persist through the winter 2016-17”. This caused local skiers and boarders to rejoice with primal screams of joy and dreams … Continue reading La Nina is here. So what does that mean?
(This article originally appeared in the Jackson Hole News & Guide on Oct. 26, 2016) At the very end of August, in this column, I gave you the early, early winter outlook for 2016-17. That was ridiculously early to be talking about winter. Now that we are deep into October, have some snow on the ground, … Continue reading The Updated Winter Outlook
The Summer Forecast Was.. First though, let’s see how accurate the long-range predictions were for this summer. The National Weather Service’s Climate Prediction Center had forecasted back in April of 2016, that June-July-August over western Wyoming: a good probability of above normal temperatures, and a higher probability of having above normal precipitation. Just for giggles, … Continue reading Summer in Jackson Hole 2016, in Review
Meteorologist Jim Woodmencey We are one-year away from the Solar Eclipse that will be visible across the United States on August 21st, 2017. I was watching the weather this past week to see where the best locations — the most cloud-free spots– would be, IF the eclipse had occurred this August. A few days ago, … Continue reading Solar Eclipse Weather Pre-Check
Meteorologist Jim Woodmencey (Note: the content of this post first appeared in the MountainWeather column in the Jackson Hole News & Guide on July 20, 2016). Every summer I feel obliged to reiterate a few important points about lightning safety. Maybe this will be your first time hearing this message, or maybe an annual reminder … Continue reading Playing it Safe During Thunderstorms
Meteorologist Jim Woodmencey (Note: The content in this post first appeared in the MountainWeather column in the Jackson Hole News & Guide on July 6th, 2016). July begins the heart of the “Thunderstorm Season” in the Rockies. It is also the peak of the tourist season, climbing, backpacking, & baseball seasons, etc. etc. . That … Continue reading Watching the Sky for Thunderstorms