Meteorology

Is all mountain snow the same? No. Sometimes snow is light, fluffy and dry; Other times snow is thicker and heavier. And sometimes it’s just perfect. Read the science behind the differences.

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 six inches of powder at your ..

Atmospheric river setting up for California

The first moderate to strong atmospheric river (AR) of this Fall/Winter is on the horizon for California betwe..

cold weather models
How do weather models work?

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

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Here comes La Niña: The little girl may pack big northern snows

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

US: Winter 21/22 Long-Range Weather Forecast

With everything going on in 2021, we’re looking forward to the 21/22 winter season now more than ever. W..

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..

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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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..

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..

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 ..

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