While east coast marketing reps and snow reporters are partying it up in Boston this weekend, back on the homefront mountain operations teams are making it happen. Thanks to a recent dip in temps across higher elevations, several mountains have fired up the snowguns and begun another short-term effort to turn things white as we head towards the weekend.
Snowshoe received a little help from Mother Nature on top of their 24-hour snowmaking. Photo Courtesy of Snowshoe Mountain Resort.
In the Mid-Atlantic, Snowshoe resort has been pumping out the white stuff for over 24 hours straight and they plan to continue as long as Mother Nature allows. Sugarloaf and Stowe also reported that they lit up the guns on a few trails today. To "aid" their efforts, our fickle lady-friend—we love you Ma Nature—teased the east coast peaks by dropping a dusting to two inches in places over the last 48 hours. But will this breif tango with winter last?
Unfortunately not, according to the latest extended forecast by Weather Channel Senior Meteorologist Jonathan Erdman.
A map of the Pacific-North American, or PNA, pattern. Image Courtesy of The Weather Channel.
Essentially, it's all Greenland's fault, or the lack of something called the Greenland block. Don't ask, it's science. Read Erdman's latest blog post about "Why Eastern Cold Won't Hold" for all the nerdy details, but the long and the short is this warm November pattern has been fairly consistent over the last ten years. Sure it's frustrating for now as we watch west coast mountains open one after another, but don't worry folks, we'll get ours.
Here's a few shots to keep you thinking winter as the temps warm to the 50s and 60s this weekend.
Seven Springs picked up a dusting of snow on 11/11/11. Photo Courtesy of Seven Springs.
View from the Peak Cam at Killington, still open for business. Image Courtesy of Killington Resort.
Snow at the summit of Whiteface near Lake Placid, NY. Photo Courtesy of Whiteface Mountain Resort.