Category: Forecasting

2-3 storm systems next week across the West

I started Saturday off with a trail run in the Foothills of Colorado. The weather here has been incredibly warm and dry the last two weeks. I thought extensively about the mountain weather forecast for next week. My conclusions: 2-3 storm systems possible across the West. The first storm system becomes weaker and weaker as […]

Snow forecast next week across the West

2-3 different storm systems remain possible next week across the Intermountain West. The first storm system will likely lose strength and snow potential as it battles the massive high pressure ridge currently anchored over the West. This will create wild fluctuations in snow forecasts through this weekend. You can see the storm track (yellow), high […]

Snow forecast next 10 days across the West

The high pressure dome sitting across the West strengthened to three standard deviations above the 30-year average. This means that the next storm system will have a more difficult time breaking it down. Like I said yesterday, my gut says it might take two storm systems with the first being sacrificed to break the high. […]

A look into December and when snow returns

A bulletproof area of high pressure remains in control of the Intermountain West. Pressures are running a full two standard deviations above the 30-year average. This locks-in warmer and drier than normal conditions at most Lower 48 ski areas. Notice on this water vapor satellite image the red/orange colors representing drier air. Schweitzer in northern […]

Kettlebell Sunday and forecast

I started Sunday morning off with a kettlebell workout. It helps my focus. The most consistent new snow through 12/4 will continue to fall across the Pacific Northwest, British Columbia, and western Alberta. The problem for most of the Lower 48 Intermountain West continues to be this bulletproof area of high pressure running two standard […]

Saturday trail run and forecast

I started this Saturday with a workout in the Foothills of Colorado. Ran into good friend Justin Becker and we ended up finishing the trail run together while chatting about mountaineering and this bulletproof area of high pressure. “When will this pattern change? We need snow.” Justin is a great athlete and human being. He […]

Holding pattern for the Intermountain West

I’m forecasting a challenging 10-day stretch for the ski areas in the lower 48. A king dome of high pressure is building. Higher pressures may run a full two standard deviations above the 30-year average. This means warmer and drier than normal conditions are likely. The Intermountain West is in a holding pattern. The bulk […]

Brutal 10-day snow forecast across the West

We’re moving into a difficult pattern across the Western Rockies through December 4. Pressures are rising as a dome of high pressure builds. At it’s peak, this “king high pressure” could reach two standard deviations above the 30-year normal. This means warmer and drier than normal weather for most lower 48 ski areas. The primary […]