As winter people here in Jackson Hole, we sure do love the summer and all its activities, but there isn’t a day that goes by in the halls of the administration building that someone isn’t talking winter. When long term winter forecasts and predictions are made, we read them. It’s not an end all be all, but they shed light on what we should expect and what could happen. Following last years DEEPest winter on record, we’ve been anxiously awaiting this seasons prediction. I’m going to keep this simple, as far as La Nina, El Nino, and the likes, we’ll leave those for the meteorologists to explain.
NOAA, aka the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, aka the authority on all things snow, are forecasting no La Nina or El Nino event but instead an equal chance of an average winter in terms of snow. I’m no meteorologist, but that sounds like average to me. With an average of 450 inches, we’ll take it.
On The Snow points out that relationship between the ENSO (El Nino-Southern Oscillation) and Southern Pacific Ocean as an early indication of above average snowfall for the Northern Rockies. They are calling for Jackson Hole to be at 115% of our average snowfall, which would be 517 inches. That my friends is something we can get excited for.
Unofficial Networks is utilizing the Farmers Almanac for their predictions and Jackson Hole is categorized to have a “cold, moderate snowfall – not as harsh as usual” type of winter. They are wary to give out any real type of predictions it seems but guaranteed cold and moderate snowfall bodes well for our type of winters in Jackson. Think champagne and cowboy powder, my friends.
Snowbrains, with information from Chris Tomer, a meteorologist in Denver, is calling for an ABOVE average snowfall from December through March. They are throwing around terms like ‘wetter than normal’ and also jumping on board to the 115% of normal snowfall.
Now, most importantly, it is time for MY prediction. Between looking at my own snow globe and reading other more ‘historical’ figures, I’ve determined that we should expect a plethora of powder days ahead with a moderately cold winter. I predict over 500 inches with a cooler than predicted spring, think February 2014 followed by March/April 2011. Interpret it as you may, but always remember good people: #prayforpow!
Let’s stoke the fire folks. Check out our favorite videos from last years epic winter here in Jackson Hole. You’ve heard the stories, write your own this winter in Jackson Hole.
@camfitzpatrick shreds during opening weekend on the Teton lift. This Friday Marmot opens and Gondola, Thunder and Sublette lifts will open on Saturday. If snow and working conditions allow, we hope to open the Aerial Tram by the end of the weekend. #jacksonhole #jhdreaming
#bigred opened its doors yesterday for the season. Check out the January-like conditions @griffpost found on the upper mountain yesterday. A 100% @gopro video. #jacksonhole #powder #skiing #jhdreaming #gopro
Watch #jacksonhole athletes @travisrice, @lynseydyer, @robkingwill , and @cartercountry ride the 10 feet of snow we received this December. Happy Holidays!
One @gopro run in the Crags with #jacksonhole athlete @o_leeps. It doesn't get much better than this. #jhdreaming
Watch this epic pow video from DEEPcember with @travisrice and friends in #jacksonhole. Watch full edit from link in profile. #powder #snowboarding
46" this week. Watch @cartercountry make #jacksonhole his playground. All action 100% @gopro. #jhdreaming #snowboarding #snowboard #powder #gopro
Corduroy carving at its finest with @yoderyoder. #jacksonhole #jhdreaming #snowboarding #snowboard #snowboarder
Ripping with @lynseydyer on reopening day 2017. #jacksonhole #jhdreaming
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