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Alta Lodge is one of those lodges with the old school feel. Brunch is very popular through the summer and winter gears up for yummy dinners and great skiing. As we speak...the first winter storm is on the doorstep.
This Yeti is certainly not in the business of predicting future weather patterns, nor am I an expert on orographic effect, but some meteorologists are predicting above normal snowfall in Utah and Colorado's Rockies and others have thrown their hands in the air. Who's #ReadyforWinter?
Trying to ski or snowboard as an adult can be scary. For kids, there isn't quite the fear. I followed along as Julie took her first lesson at Snowbird and we got some great tips!
I'm going to cover 2 different topics. A quick synopsis of my background: I am a Meteorologist. I have been in the broadcast industry for nearly 20 years (OK, I'm aging myself) and until recently, worked full time as the main Meteorologist for the Fox affiliate here in Salt Lake. I know do freelance weather for the local NBC affiliate in SLC. I'm telling you this because I'd like to give you a little info on SLC weather and a little mountain Meteorology and why Utah really has "The Greatest Snow on Earth".
Second topic will be one of the best ski days I've ever had! A powder day at Snowbird with a 3 year old staying on the Chickadee lift and watching him have such a great time! A mother/son day of skiing and lunch...doesn't get any better or make me more proud!
Utah skiers and boarders have a lot to be Thankful for this holiday season, like over 3 feet of the Greatest Snow on Earth before Thanksgiving. Some Utah resorts have even already received over 100 inches of snow since the start of the season.
I'll do a little intro for those that didn't follow my blog last year. My name is Jodi Saeland and I am a Mom first and foremost and a Meteorologist second. A year and a half ago I decided to leave my Broadcasting job for the stay at home Mom job. Wow! Big shout out to all the Moms out there! Hardest, yet most rewarding job there is. I have recently started back to work on a minimal basis as a broadcast Meteorologist once again. So, I will be sharing my weather knowledge of this winter with you all.
The other part of my blog will be the trials of teaching, or continuing to teach, my kids to ski.
Forescasts suggest that Utah's mountains could receive as much as 20 inches of snow by Wednesday night with more snow falling throughout the week.
Living in Utah and skiing in Utah...well, we get pretty spoiled. In fact, we get a bit snobby. If there isn't at least 6" of new snow every few days or a week, we feel cheated. When in fact, other parts of the country would be very excited to see even 1/2 the snow we get.
Besides the point, it has been an El Nino year and maybe not quite the winter we'd like to see....until now! During an El Nino year, there is warming of the waters off the coast of South America, trade winds weaken and the warm water pools in the western Pacific. Ok, so..what's my point? We oftentimes will see a ridge or high pressure over the west and storms go around the high. High is associated with sinking air=no storminess. El Nino also will shift the jet streams. This is important because the jet stream acts as a steering wheel for storms. You want that wheel over you, not around you. During an El Nino, we get a split jet. The storms normally go over southern California (like we're seeing the last few days with floods and if you are one that watched the Golden Globes :)) and scrape by southern Utah. Brian Head resort in southern Utah does well. The storms also go through Canada and drop into the Dakotas. (Remember the big Christmas mess?)
A major winter storm hit Utah Sunday morning delivering as much as 48 inches of snow in 48 hours to Utah ski and snowboard resorts across the state. With Christmas around the corner, Utah skiers and snowboarders are thrilled by the excellent mountain conditions. More snow is still in the forecast.