Keeping The Dream Alive - More Powder Shots From Brutus

By | November 16th, 2012

Last Friday, November 9, a winter storm whipped over the summits of Utah's Wasatch mountains.  As the front passed and snow tapered to flurries, “Lake Effect” kicked into gear.  Cold post-frontal air vaccumed up moisture as it moved over Utah's still-warm Great Salt Lake and then expelled it as that air pressed over the Wasatch's peaks. Snowfall rates ratcheted up in Little and Big Cottonwood Canyons even as skies cleared nearby. 

“Although this weekend's storm wasn't the biggest lake-effect event, it was clearly No. 2, at least at Snowbird,” gushed Jim Steenburgh, who is both a professor of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Utah and a passionate skier. 

With Lake Effect precip adding several feet of low-density powder to the foot or two that had already fallen, Steenburgh's students clicked into touring bindings to assess conditions for themselves. 

It's Nuking. By Jim HarrisCanadian snow geeks would call this S5+ since it's snowing more than 5cm per hour.  Here in Merica, we just say it's nuking.

Unclogging the snowblower. By Jim HarrisUnclogging the snowblower. Kind of like reaching in to pull something out a garbage disposal, only more so.

Snowbird patroller Brian Mueller. By Jim HarrisSnowbird patroller Brian Mueller sizes up the weak snow layer that we found on slopes that hadn't melted out after the last storm.

Ian Provo skis in Little Cottonwood Canyon, UT by Jim HarrisIan Provo skis in Little Cottonwood Canyon, Utah.

Carolyn Swertka skis just one more lap by Jim HarrisU of U Atmospheric Sciences PhD student Carolyn Swertka has time for "just one lap before a meeting with [her] comittee."  Attagirl.

Brody Levin skis Alta by Jim HarrisBrody Levin skis Alta ski area the week before it opens to the public.

U of Utah Atmospheric Sciences PhD student Jeff Massey examines snow density by Jim HarrisU of Utah Atmospheric Sciences PhD student Jeff Massey examines snow density.

Tom Collins tunnels through the weeds by Jim HarrisTom Collins tunnels through the weeds.

Atmospheric Science PhD student Carolyn Swertka examining snow crystal composition by Jim HarrisAtmospheric Science PhD student Carolyn Swertka examining snow crystal composition.

U of Utah Atmospheric Sciences PhD student Jeff Massey by Jim HarrisU of Utah Atmospheric Sciences PhD student Jeff Massey.

Apres Beers with Ian Provo and Kalen Thoren by Jim HarrisApres beers in the lot with Kalen Thoren, Ian Provo, Neil Provo.

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