Snow Science

Snow science: How mountains make snow
Snow science: How mountains make snow

It’s bound to happen at some point this season. After a long day of skiing a few inches of powder at you..

Here comes La Niña: This winter may pack big snows
Here comes La Niña: This winter may pack big snows

It’s time to talk about the weather and those twin weather-makers that make a difference in whether we&#..

Storm chasing, finding the perfect snowstorm, powder.
Storm chasing: How to line up the perfect snowstorm

You watch it move from the upper left corner of the weather map—that beautiful blue magenta blob—and your ..

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What’s a SNOTEL site and why does it matter?

SNOTEL sites are the unsung heroes of weather stations for skiers and snowboarders in the western United State..

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Jackson Hole Snow 101; know weather patterns like a local

Jackson Hole Like A Local Want to feel like a Jackson local? Check out our overview about Jackson Hole’s geo..

Does wind affect snow
Does wind affect snow? You bet it does and it’s good and bad

While wind may not be the best friend of a cold skier who’s duking out an internal battle between the de..

How do mountains make snow, ski cannons.
Olympic skiers and snowboarders are competing on 100% fake snow – the science of how it’s made and how it affects performance

Peter Veals, University of Utah The winter Olympics conjure up images of snowy mountain ranges, frozen ice rin..

The American GFS model is widely used by meteorologists and snow fanciers.
We can all use weather models to find snow

Weather forecasters often talk about the computer models they use to help predict snow, but are they just for ..

What does a perfect snowflake look like
What does a perfect snowflake look like?

Not all powder is created equal. Some is thick, heavy and “surfy”. Some is light, fluffy, and produces bli..

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Does elevation affect temperature? It sure does

Does elevation affect temperature? The answer is yes. But meteorology, like other sciences, isn’t quite ..

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How do weather models work?

Weather forecasters often talk about the computer models they use to help predict the weather. But what are th..

Child chairlift summer is not a bummer
Can it snow when temps are above freezing?

If you’ve ever been on a chairlift when warmer temperatures call for rain but instead noticed snowflakes..

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