How long can this continue? Well, if you are a believer in the Steenburgh effect, until the end of June. At that time, unless someone gets a big Go Fund Me campaign going and the Austrians decide to extend my visa, I'm returning to Utah.
There are, however, hints that the Steenburgh effect may have reversed polarity. It has been a wet, cool May in the Austrian Alps and the snowpack above 2000 meters has fattened up nicely. Check out these photos from late April 2018 and 2019 from Kuhtai, which is just a bit west of Innsbruck.
Perhaps this Steenburgh effect really is just pseudoscientific babble. Perhaps.
One of the reasons this week was busy for me was that a student group from Texas A&M was visiting the department here. Many of the University of Innsbruck Department of Atmospheric and Cryospheric Sciences faculty gave talks, and I did a weather discussion describing the meteorology of the Alps and Tirol. I also forecast bluebird conditions for the excursion up the Nordkettenbahn this morning, and thankfully Mother Nature complied.
What a trip for students who rarely see mountains or snow to ascend over a vertical mile above Innsbruck. We discussed mountain weather and snow safety issues and gave them a great view.
I even got them to flash the U!
These US students learned a lot about Austria, the Alps, and Mountain Weather.