Monday, December 8, 2014

Think It's Warm Now?

Temperatures have been well above average so far this December, including a record high for the date on December 4 (59ºF).

However, it can and will get even warmer.  If you look at the record maximum temperatures indicated by the red shading above, you can see that there have been some December days that have been "smoking hot", namely December 1st (69ºF) and December 21 (67ºF).

How about we take a run at those this week?  Check out the GFS forecast below for Thursday afternoon.  Strong south winds and 700-mb temperatures of about +4ºC.  That equates to a high in the valley approaching 70ºF.

So, the heat will be on and it appears we may flirt with the warmest temperatures on record for December.

The good news is that the models are calling for a storm to rumble in Friday night.  Keep your fingers crossed.

Upcoming Event:  I'll be giving a talk on my new book Secrets of the Greatest Snow on Earth at the Alta Lodge at 5:30 PM on Friday December 12th, with a book signing to follow.  King's English will be there selling books as well.


  1. What do you make of the new weather/snowfall patterns we've been seeing in SLC the past 4 years? Is this the new normal? Instead of having a random bad year will we now have random good years? I'm trying to put this in perspective and don't know what to think. Thanks for any insight you can provide!

    1. I don't think this is the new normal. There have been similar stretches of poor years in the past. Climate is what you expect, weather is what you get. Ski it if it's white....

  2. Man this sucks. The snow is the only thing I love about Utah besides The Sundance Film Fest and Weber State University. Bring on the snow, PLEASE!