Usually folks escape winter by heading to Texas, but this weekend Ullr decided to take a visit down South instead. This weekend Winter Storm Uri swept across much of the western, central, and southern U.S. On Monday, the National Weather Service reported that 150 million Americans were under some form of a winter storm warning. Texas, however, was dealt the worst blow from the storm. Many Texans are experiencing the coldest temperatures in 30 years, and if the chill wasn’t bad enough, the state’s power grid isn’t doing so hot either.
By Tuesday morning, over 4.2 million Texans lost power due to power grid problems throughout the state. Meanwhile, the thermometer dipped to as low as 4 to -1 degrees Fahrenheit, making cities like Dallas chillier than Anchorage, Alaska. On Sunday, a state of emergency was declared by Governor Greg Abbott to help those struggling with the cold. The National Guard was deployed to help, and warming centers opened across the state to give folks a refuge from the cold. The cold is expected to persist over the next few days with another round of wintry weather arriving tonight and lasting until Thursday.
A man was killed in an avalanche on Monday in Grand Teton National Park on the north side of 25 Short. National Park Rangers and Teton County Search and Rescue officials were called to the avalanche which occurred in the Broken Thumb Couloir. Avalanche danger was reported as Considerable, with concern about persistent slabs and wind slabs. The victim was identified as Matthew Brien, a 33-year-old local snowboarder. This is the third avalanche death in the Tetons in the last seven days,
For the better part of 2021, ski patrollers at several large ski resorts in the Western US have made headlines as they negotiate their contracts to reflect the dedication they put into their jobs. For those of us that ski at a resort regularly, or even have at all in our lifetimes, we know that ski patrol is an essential part of not just staying safe, but also having a good time on the mountain. This season especially, it’s felt like ski patrollers could use a little extra love as they’ve
Black Diamond Equipment has initiated talks with US Consumer Protection Agency to issue a voluntary recall on all Pieps DSP avalanche beacons, in a formal response to a design issue that can accidentally lead to the beacon switching out of transmit mode. The issue almost cost TGR athlete Nick McNutt his life in an avalanche accident last winter. On the commonly used Pieps DSP Ice, DSP Sport and DSP Pro, the switch that changes the beacon from off to transmit to receive can easily get damaged