Coming in with the cool air is quite a bit of smoke, presumably from fires to the northwest.
|Evidence of Smoke Looking at the Wasatch from the Avenues.|
Yesterday's post mentioned that the cold-air intrusion was forecast to be much stronger by the NAM than the GFS, with a 700-mb temperature forecast for Friday morning of 3C compared to 11 C. It looks like the winner will be the GFS as the NAM has moved to a more GFS-like solution and now predicts a 700-mb temperature of 10C by Friday morning.
|0600 UTC 1 Sep NAM 700-mb wind, temperature, and relative humidity|
forecast valid 1200 UTC 2 Sep 2011.
As all the U of U students know, classes are cancelled today beginning at 3 PM. No, it is not because of the cool change, but instead because of a football game. Who are we playing? USC? Notre Dame? Alabama? Nada. We are playing Montana State.
Now I'm not going to belittle Montana State. It's a great school, especially for snow and avalanche research, and the best man in my wedding is a track-and-field legend there. Several years ago, before they were the BCS-busting juggernaut they are today, I saw an unheralded Boise State come in an whip the Utes good, so no opponent should be taken for granted.
Instead, I am upset about this because if classes are to be cancelled at the University of Utah, it should be for a Deep Powder Day. We're not talking about a snow day here. I've yet to be able to make it to work because of snow. I'm talking about ensuring that the students at this University get a full and complete education that includes the joys of skiing (or snowboarding) the steep and deep and a basic first-hand understanding of Wasatch Mountain Weather.
Let's hope that the administration comes to their senses and realizes how imperative it is to address this issue.