Thursday, November 17, 2016

Kiss and Make Up with Mother Nature NOW!

Our first all elevation "winter storm" of the season is winding down.  Radar imagery from 1221–1512 UTC (0521–0812 MST) shows the last gasp of lake- and mountain enhanced showers decaying and moving downstream.

We had just enough to coat the grass around campus.  Up at Alta-Collins, there is a 5" snow total with 0.27" of water equivalent, clearly on the low end of the most likely range we discussed yesterday.  Maybe they will pick up a bit more, but these are pretty paltry numbers and nothing to get excited about.

I don't know what you people have done to irritate Mother Nature, but kiss and make up now.  This has been going on for 5 years now.  FIVE LONG YEARS.  I'm not getting any younger and I don't want this year to be a sixth.


  1. Looks like the Oquirrh's are the big winner with 10" at Rocky Basin Settlement.

    1. Yup another win for the NCAR ensemble, which gave that area the highest odds.

  2. I may have to take responsibility for the trends the past 5 years. The last season I was here before moving to Kansas was '10-'11, the last good year. I have since come back to SLC, but maybe Mother Nature is still upset with me.

  3. Snow Liquid Ratio of 18.5. If I am not mistaken, that is higher than the climatological value for the Wasatch, correct?

  4. Average is 12 to 1 (8.4% water content).

  5. Just got done reading about the ark storms of winter 1861-1862. That weather pattern didn't really get going until late December. What we need our atmospheric rivers hitting the California coast.

  6. Past 5 years here and across much of the west (outliers being last season Nrn CA and Pac NW). Coinciding with the warmest global temperatures in modern history. Regional climatic shift underway?