MountainWeather™ is a meteorological consulting company located in Jackson, Wyoming and is owned and operated by meteorologist Jim Woodmencey.
Established in 1991, MountainWeather began forecasting for the local helicopter skiing service in Jackson, High Mountain Heli-Skiing, providing a daily detailed aviation forecast for their operation during the winter months. In 1993, Jim began broadcasting his Jackson Hole weather forecast on the local radio station and also faxing the daily forecast to various businesses and individuals.
In 1997, mountainweather.com was born, primarily to consolidate links to all the best weather data and maps in one single website for use by forecasters and other weather enthusiasts. The website has evolved over the years, and expanded to include an extensive collection of pages for Alaska Weather. The first edition of the Alaska Weather Page was a result of a request by the late Doug Coombs of Valdez Heli Ski Guides as a way to consolidate links to weather and forecast information for their daily operations.
Today, the goal of mountainweather.com is to provide the best access to, and almost one-stop shopping for, weather information for the mountainous regions of the Western U.S., Alaska, and beyond. (Note: An updated Himalyan/Karakoram page is in the works, as well as pages for Utah, Colorado, Montana, & Idaho in 2013-14)
The MountainWeather Forecast for Jackson Hole and the Teton Mountains is produced each weekday morning and is available via this website (JH Forecast) or via e-mail service. There is also an audio version of the forecast available on weekdays.
MountainWeather specializes in forecasting for mountainous terrain throughout the world, in addition to forecasting weather in the Rockies, MountainWeather meteorologist Jim Woodmencey has experience forecasting for the Cascades, the Sierras, various mountain ranges throughout Alaska, as well as, the Himalaya, Karakoram, and the Hindu-Kush.
Mountaineers, rescue operations, professional photographers, and film crews have all used MountainWeather for specialized operational forecasting and expedition weather forecasting.
MountainWeather also offers a variety of weather courses for the weather novice and for professional weather forecasters. A listing and description of type courses available can be found on the Weather Courses page.
MountainWeather specializes in teaching Mountain Weather Forecasting and Avalanche-Weather Forecasting courses and can arrange custom courses to suit your needs.
About Meteorologist Jim Woodmencey
Jim started MountainWeather™ in 1991 after many years of working outside in the weather, climbing and skiing! Here is his story in brief............
Jim graduated with a B.S. in Meteorology from Montana State University in Bozeman in 1982. While attending college in the late 70's and early 80's Jim worked as a mountain guide in the summers out in the Cascades of Washington for the American Alpine Institute, teaching climbing, and guiding peaks in the Cascades, and Alaska.
Immediately following college graduation he went to work for the National Park Service in Grand Teton national Park, where he spent 14 summers as a Climbing Ranger, and received the Department of the Interior Valor Award for a rescue on the Grand Teton in 1985.
During the Winter of 1985-86 he worked as an avalanche forcaster and meteorologist for the Alaska Avalanche Forecast Center in Anchorage. Following this brief foray to the north, he returned to the Tetons and continued working in the summer as a Ranger and in the winters as a ski-guide for High Mountain Heli-Skiing. (Jim "retired" from heli-ski guiding in 2008 after 20 seasons.)
Jim's work with the heli-ski operation is what prompted him to buy his first computer and forecast the weather for them from his own office starting in 1991. A heli-ski operation is a very weather dependent business, and better forecasts not only increase revenue, but also safety. Word of the forecasting he did for the heli-ski operation spread through the ski community of Jackson Hole and it wasn't long after that weather forecasting became a full-time endeavor.
In 1993, Jim began his first broadcasting job with the local radio station KZJH, his "live" morning weather show aired on that station for 19 years.
Now in his 20th year of radio broadcasting his daily forecast can now still be heard each weekday morning on 103.7FM The Range.
While still climbing, mountain biking, hiking, and skiing recreationally, Jim's local weather forecasting duties, and maintaining the content on this website, consume his weekly work schedule. Everyday Jim draws on the experience he has had working in the mountains to make a better forecast of the weather in mountains. In addition to organizing and teaching a variety of weather courses throughout the year.
Jim has authored two books, Reading Weather, published by Falcon Guides in 1998 & Weather in the Southwest, published by Southwest Parks & Monuments Association in 2001.
Recently, Jim completed an educational project through UCAR (University Corporation for Atmospheric Research), writing the content for an online module for COMET® (Cooperative Program for Operational Meteorology, Education and Training) entitled Avalanche Weather Forecasting, which is now available on-line for viewing on-line. See the module at this link: COMET Avalanche Weather Forecasting Module
Jim is a member of the American Meteorological Society (AMS), and a professional member of the American Avalanche Association (AAA), as well as a Certified Avalanche Instructor.