Forecaster Blogs

Blog: Beyond the 100th Meridian - Dec 9, 2014 - Drew Hardesty
Weeks of high pressure and a slowly rehabbing meniscus have got me to thinking on a few things, which is usually a dangerous proposition.   We live beyond - as the author and historian Wallace Stegner described - the 100th meridian in North America, a rough approximation of the dividing line between those lands which require irrigation...and those that don't.  Any prospective student of the arid West will know of the one armed major pushing off from Green River Wyoming in 1869 and will soon have a bookshelf full of books like Reisner's Cadillac Desert...


Blog: Beacon Reviews Updated - Dec 5, 2014 - Bruce Tremper
Shopping for a Christmas beacon for yourself of someone you love?  The amazing Steve Achelis has done a major update to his popular site, BeaconReviews.com.  Steve has painstakinglly tested and reviewed all the beacons.  It's the only independent beacon review site I'm aware of.  And he has done this on his own dime, just because it's a job that needs to be done.   Here's a sample page of the beacon comparison page: Steve is also the same guy who published the Wasatch Backcountry Skiing map, which is the definitive source for all the...


Blog: Knowledge is Powder video for Snowmobilers - Dec 5, 2014 - Bruce Tremper
  Press Release For Immediate Release                                       Contacts:  Craig Gordon 801-231-2170 Trent Meisenheimer: (801) 455-7239 Utah Avalanche Center http://www.utahavalanchecenter.org KNOWLEDGE IS POWDER VIDEO FOR SNOWMOBILERS SALT LAKE CITY, November 4, 2012 -- Utah Avalanche Center—public safety in avalanche terrain. The Utah Avalanche Center, with major funding...


Blog: Who Actually Assumes the Risk? - Dec 4, 2014 - Drew Hardesty
                                                                                                                                                                    photos: Graham...


Blog: Weekend Avalanche Review 11-28-2014 - Nov 28, 2014 - Bruce Tremper
  Wow, it's been an exciting week. Last weekend, the largest storm of the year so far slammed down 3 feet of snow in the upper Cottonwood Canyons, which easily overloaded the extremely fragile layer of depth hoar near the ground.  Then on Tuesday, a warm and windy event capped the powder with dense wind deposits.  A number of both natural and remotely triggered avalanches broke deep and wide.   This is an aspect-elevation rose of the avalanche activity from the last week.  You can see that all the avalanches have been on elevations above 9,000' and on...


Blog: Weekend Avalanche Preview - Nov 21, 2014 - Bruce Tremper
  With a potentially significant storm rolling into Utah for Saturday through Monday, here's an avalanche primer on what to expect: The day before a major winter storm is forecast to arrive, you will see all of us avalanche geeks out mapping the distribution pattern of the preexisting snow. Answering the questions: 1. Where is the weak snow?  2) How weak is it?  3) What is the pattern? The answers to these questions will tell you where we will find avalanche danger once we slam a slab of snow down on top of it.  Here is what I found in my fieldwork yesterday:...


Blog: Kowboys Musings on the Early Season Snow - Nov 20, 2014 - Kobernik
It’s that time of the season when those of us who are brave enough to maneuver around the shallowly buried rocks and stumps are eager to get out and immerse ourselves in the snow for the first time.  As I age I’ve learned to be patient but I remember getting out on steep slopes the first chance I got.  I’d take the rock skis or snowboard out and descend through new snow for the first time not being too worried about clobbering a few rocks.  Often times I wouldn’t be too worried about avalanches either. But the start of each season is different and it’s never too early to start thinking about...


Blog: Winter Review 2013-14 - Nov 10, 2014 - Craig Gordon
Winter Review viddy edited by Trent Meisenheimer and Craig Gordon. Many thanks to all of you for your great observations, images, and content.


Blog: Preseason Gear Check - Oct 28, 2014 - Paul Diegel
This is a guest blog provided by one of our observers who, to protect his identity, we'll refer to as "Todd Leeds". Wise words. Most of us Wasatch skiers tend to put our ski gear away in the spring with the anticipation that it should be ready to grab as we run out the door during that first fall storm when there is just enough snow to walk up some of our closed resorts.  We typically throw on our beacons with last year's batteries and are ready to go.  This is also a great time to get rid of that moldy half eaten sandwich...


Blog: Winter Forecast 2014-15 - Oct 21, 2014 - Bruce Tremper
It's that time of year again when all types of charlatans issue their winter forecasts, which you often see sprayed across the Internet and on tabloid headlines in the grocery store checkout line.  It's also the time of year when most every social interaction I have begins with "What kind of winter are we supposed to have this year?."  To which I always answer "If I could do that, I could be fabulously wealthy."   It breaks my heart to see their confused looks, so I feel compelled to further explain that weather is the epitome of a chaotic...


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