Today (Saturday) was a great victory for my profession, but also an indicator that we still have work to do. Forecasts for what the Weather Channel named "Winter Storm Nemo" in the northeast United States were outstanding. Five states had locations with at least 30" of snow, and Hamden, Connecticut received 40".
In contrast, our forecast for the central Wasatch was a total bust last night and today. Only an inch fell at Alta-Collins during the 24-hour period ending at 6 PM. While I thought this was a tough storm to forecast, and that there was a wide range of possibilities, an inch was well below my worst case scenario.
At least the snow that fell Friday afternoon provided some fun dust on stuff conditions in the Wasatch backcountry. We found pretty good conditions at upper elevations facing due north where several inches of snow fell on a soft crust that didn't seem to inhibit fun turns. Everywhere else there were a few inches of snow sitting on a variety of crusts, but it skied surprisingly well. I was skiing with a fellow meteorologist and we found that the conditions helped soothe our wounds.
|The name of this meteorologist has been withheld for protection|