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Re: Where is the SNOW!!!

Postby Jim Davies » Tue Jan 29, 2013 3:09 pm

As Joel Gratz likes to say, "It's all about the orographics". Storms dump their moisture when they hit mountains and get pushed upwards. If the storm is coming from the southwest, it has to get through the San Juans and Sawatch range before getting to Summit County, so the moisture is depleted. Upslope storms (winds from the east) favor the Front Range, winds from the northwest favor Summit, and so on. Today's storm came from the southwest or west-southwest. It looks like the next pulse will be more northwesterly, so Vail and those guys might do better.
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Re: Where is the SNOW!!!

Postby BillMiddlebrook » Tue Jan 29, 2013 4:06 pm

That reported 8" at Vail today turned out to be pretty sweet, with plenty of powder turns all day in the back bowls.

Granted, my expectations have been low lately.
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Re: Where is the SNOW!!!

Postby RoanMtnMan » Tue Jan 29, 2013 5:52 pm

Jim Davies wrote:As Joel Gratz likes to say, "It's all about the orographics". Storms dump their moisture when they hit mountains and get pushed upwards. If the storm is coming from the southwest, it has to get through the San Juans and Sawatch range before getting to Summit County, so the moisture is depleted. Upslope storms (winds from the east) favor the Front Range, winds from the northwest favor Summit, and so on. Today's storm came from the southwest or west-southwest. It looks like the next pulse will be more northwesterly, so Vail and those guys might do better.


And.....that post saves me some typing. Well articulated.
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Re: Where is the SNOW!!!

Postby SolarAlex » Tue Jan 29, 2013 6:11 pm

Jim Davies wrote:As Joel Gratz likes to say, "It's all about the orographics". Storms dump their moisture when they hit mountains and get pushed upwards. If the storm is coming from the southwest, it has to get through the San Juans and Sawatch range before getting to Summit County, so the moisture is depleted. Upslope storms (winds from the east) favor the Front Range, winds from the northwest favor Summit, and so on. Today's storm came from the southwest or west-southwest. It looks like the next pulse will be more northwesterly, so Vail and those guys might do better.


thanks Jim for explaining that to me... i never really understood "orographic" before ..that actually makes a lot of sense! some NW winds then would be nice, im getting tired of spending all my money on gas driving to wolf creek.
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Re: Where is the SNOW!!!

Postby Scott P » Tue Jan 29, 2013 6:17 pm

The parking lot at Alta today:

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Re: Where is the SNOW!!!

Postby EatinHardtack » Tue Jan 29, 2013 7:04 pm

^^^ very nice Scott P, very nice.
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Re: Where is the SNOW!!!

Postby Mark A Steiner » Tue Jan 29, 2013 7:36 pm

Well, it is at least a temporary improvement over what has prevailed most of the winter. Would like to see this pattern prevail for a strong winter finish and continue into spring. A few posts here have put a damper on this hope somewhat, suggesting that warm and dry conditions are more likely till at least May 1.

Arizona fared well depending on location. Northern Maricopa County (New River to Cave Creek) locally recorded up to 3.4" liquid. The Snow Bowl NW of Flagstaff received at least 33" snow - two events badly needed in this parched state.
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Re: Where is the SNOW!!!

Postby PaliKona » Tue Jan 29, 2013 9:14 pm

Super fun day at Vail today..my best pow day in 2 years. First tracks down Iron Mask were sweet!
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Re: Where is the SNOW!!!

Postby SKIBREC » Tue Jan 29, 2013 9:54 pm

beaver creek tomorrow................
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Re: Where is the SNOW!!!

Postby ajkagy » Tue Jan 29, 2013 10:44 pm

SolarAlex wrote:summit county somehow only gets an inch or 2 when locations north, south and west all report 1-2 feet. how does that even happen?


it's no secret that summit sucks for snow...that always happens.
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Re: Where is the SNOW!!!

Postby George James » Tue Jan 29, 2013 11:20 pm

Scott P wrote:The parking lot at Alta today:

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Alta was so good today. Skied like this all day long:
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You in LCC Scott? Headed for Alta again tomorrow...probably not gonna make first chair since we're interlodged til about 8:30 \:D/
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Re: Where is the SNOW!!!

Postby PaliKona » Wed Jan 30, 2013 8:32 am

ajkagy wrote:
SolarAlex wrote:summit county somehow only gets an inch or 2 when locations north, south and west all report 1-2 feet. how does that even happen?


it's no secret that summit sucks for snow...that always happens.


It sucks for snow the past two years, but in 5 of the 7 years I've been in CO, it's been pretty damn good, especially in the bowls at Breck, Copper and ABasin/Loveland.

It is just amazing though, that there is clearly a "donut" this year. I too noticed the snow stopped exactly at the Frisco Main St exit and then picked up again at Loveland ](*,)

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