Saturday, April 11, 2015
Hard Core Corn
There have been better snow years in the Wasatch, but the spring skiing right now is surprisingly good. Mostly hard cores are skiing at this point, so we'll call the conditions "hard core corn."
Aspect is everything, and that's never been more apparent than this year. South facing aspects on the north side of Little Cottonwood are completely baked out.
As a meteorologist, you should never leave home without a camera as you never know what you are going to see (fortunately, modern smart phones makes this easier). Here's a nice example of a contrail shadow. The sun angle was just right that it looked like the shadow was ahead of the contrail. Then again, maybe there's an X-files episode in this.
Unfortunately, dust is now on the landscape. Although buried under the mid week snow, it's starting to look snirty in sunny or high traffic areas. I was hoping that we would see a predominance of white corn this spring, but unfortunately, that probably won't be the case now.
I realized on the way home that I didn't properly say good riddance to inversion season this year. We'll be making up for that tonight.