Wasatch Weather: The little engine that could

By:  Lionel Hutz
November 15, 2010 2:43 pm | Category: Skiing, Weather

Have to keep this short since i’m on a computer that hasn’t been considered up to date since the days of external modems.  Ok, maybe that’s an exaggeration…the days of Napster is more like it.   Anyway,  currently a disturbance embedded in a long wave trough is bringing snow to the Wasatch range.  A few days ago this looked like a non-event.  Snow shower maybe.  Then a little later it looked wetter and the overall stability of the air decreased leading to a more robust solution…but certainly nothing to write about according to Utah standards.   But this little guy wouldn’t quit.  

Now we have a full fledged storm fueled by upper level disturbances, instability and pretty strong NW flow.  Overall this pattern should produce between 10 and 20 inches along the N/W facing slopes of the cottonwood Canyons.  The storm should come in right-side up with very nice snow to water ratios throughout much of the event.  Warming aloft should shut the system down by Wednesday am.


  1. Could Be Buggy
    wrote on November 15th, 2010 at 3:45 pm  

    This is why I love Alta.

  2. Castlerock (Mike)
    wrote on November 15th, 2010 at 3:49 pm  

    How about a little EC love, Lionel?

  3. laseranimal
    wrote on November 15th, 2010 at 5:27 pm  

    the weather for skiing sucks on the EC

    the end

    there’s your report

    hopefully we get cooler in the next few weeks

  4. icelanticskier
    wrote on November 15th, 2010 at 6:48 pm  

    actually, the weather is quite nice for skiing on the EC. folks that got out this weekend had sun and soft spring snow. much nicer than mid winter hardpack and coooold. just not that much in the way of snow. it’s ok tho, come april, our snow will still be falling, our base deep and corn up high will be tops through june. it’s just a shift, we may start a bit late, but still get our 8 months of skiing. it’s so great that many folks would rather ski in november than april. utah is still thin, only halfway to the 80 inch base benchmark. may come soon. thank goodness we don’t need that much base out here.


  5. powhounddd
    wrote on November 15th, 2010 at 8:17 pm  
  6. bushman
    wrote on November 15th, 2010 at 9:40 pm  

    supposed to get cold weds 11/24 in northern EC with a little white precip maybe? hopefully enough to ski Fri-Sun. can’t compete w Utah, but who want 6 hour flight in tiny seats with surcharges, etc. PFS

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