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  1. #1
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    Utah Weather Discussion

    * Edited this original post and added a new post at the end of the thread discussing Snowbird and Alta snowfall reports.

    I'm now a retired meteorologist in Utah but I do still update my Utah Weather links page https://utahweather.blogspot.com/p/links.html which has my favorite Utah snow weather links and forecast models including detailed WRF-GFS snowfall forecast maps. On average I have found that the WRF-GFS forecast model does the best job of forecasting snowfall in Utah. Enjoy the snow!
    Last edited by SLCUTAH; 12-04-2019 at 12:43 PM.

  2. #2
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    woo more snow!
    let it snow

  3. #3
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    YA!!!! I'll be there with my son starting Monday! This sounds "perfect". YAAAA HOOO!!!!!
    Life's simple: Ski or Die

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    I have a usairways voucher, I'm waiting for the right weather to hit it up over a weekend. This is.. tempting.

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    Fuck it, I'm going. Anyone else hitting up the canyons?

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    *Edited to new link. Link to the Cottonwood canyons official snow safety forecast. https://www.weather.gov/slc/snow#tabs-3
    Last edited by SLCUTAH; 12-04-2019 at 10:38 AM.

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    Powder Sugar on Park City Mountain

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    Quote Originally Posted by SLCUTAH View Post
    I water ski on Utah Lake in the summer.
    do you like long walks on the beach? a/s/l?

    kidding, nice site for the cottonwoods. Bookmarked that sheeeeeeyit. thanks.

  9. #9
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    Anyone skiing Snowbird lately? Is there a Utah Alta/Snowbird conditions thread that I don't know about?

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    Felt like a little Wasatch love was in order. Great to see all the donuts in the parking lot at Solitude & Brighton. Loved catching perfect snowflakes. These cell pics donít do it justice.
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  11. #11
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    I was up at Snowbird this past Sunday December 1st and Tuesday the 3rd (see attached pic from the 3rd), great skiing and coverage for this time of year! I don't know all of the reasons or the politics involved but I do find it interesting that Snowbird still has very little terrain open while Alta has a lot.

    What has driven me crazy for years is Snowbird's snow reports which are inconsistent compared to Alta! I do take into account that Alta's snowfall reporting season is not the same as Snowbird's which goes into May and even June some years, Alta started reporting season snowfall on October 17th this year. Yes there are times when Snowbird does get more snow than Alta per storm but on average over the course of the year Alta gets about 10% more snow. I look at the Alta snow report and the Snowbird snow report on a regular basis and days like today I see Alta reporting a depth of 47" (season snowfall of 117") and Snowbird reporting a depth of 54" (season snowfall of 116") which makes no sense. I also look and at the Alta Collins study plot https://www.wrh.noaa.gov/mesowest/ge...&banner=header at 9662' feet and the Snowbird snotel site https://www.wrh.noaa.gov/mesowest/ge...e=1&banner=off at 9177' feet. *Note, the Alta Collins study plot read a snow depth of around 4" in September/October this year when there was no snow on the ground, have seen this number as high as 8" in years past. From looking at these sites over the years it is obvious that Snowbird is not always truthful with its snow reports which is sad since they don't need to over hype things.

    I'm now a retired meteorologist and no longer post much on my blog but I do still update the links on https://utahweather.blogspot.com/p/links.html for those looking for Utah snow information and forecasts. Happy skiing!

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    Should have been there today, the limited terrain problem has been solved.

    I also agree about the overhyped totals. I wonder how much of it is outright fudging data and how much of it is reporting their totals from a very favorable spot?

  13. #13
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    I did hear Peruvian Gulch opened on Wednesday around 1pm, I should have gone!

    Looking at today's Alta and Snowbird reports you will once again see why the Snowbird report makes no sense. Both resorts reported 4" new overnight and both now report a 50" base. Yesterday Alta reported a 47" base and now 50"today which makes total sense. Yesterday Snowbird reported 54" base and now 50" today which make no sense. The Alta snow report is always very close to the Alta Collins study plot which shows a 50" base.

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