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It started out as invitation only because I didn't want discussions to descend to the levels seen, for example, in comments following Salt Lake Tribune articles online. However, I quickly had so many people asking to read it that I decided to make it publicly viewable and accessible. Thanks to you, comments have remained substantive and approved for all audiences, and I'm grateful for that. I'd actually like to see more questions, comments, and suggestions, so feel free to do so liberally.
I consider the Wasatch Weather Weenies to be an educational blog. Posts sometimes target a more advanced meteorological audience, others a general audience. There's plenty of graphs and plots (including meteorological ones like Skew-Ts and time-height sections), not to mention jargon. If you'd like to learn more, find the subject cloud in the right hand column and click on forecast tools. There are sometimes pearls of wisdom in there that can be useful for the self-motivated learner (click on older posts when you get to the bottom to delve deeper into the archives). Alternatively my book, Secrets of the Greatest Snow on Earth, is a good resource.
Please don't consider the Wasatch Weather Weenies to be a weather forecasting service. I sometimes provide forecast thoughts in my posts, but for the most part, I use forecasting intermittently as a gateway drug to teach people about weather and the challenges of weather forecasting. In times of hazardous weather, your best resource is the National Weather Service. When it comes to watches, warnings, and informing decisions to protect life and property, they should be your go-to source.
Over the past couple of years, I've been using twitter more and more. It's a great way to share information during high-impact or simply very interesting weather events without having to write up a long post. Follow me @ProfessorPowder or just take advantage of the tweet scroll in the right column.
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Donation or no donation, thanks for reading. See you on the skin track, ski lift, or nordic trail.
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University of Utah