Deep Winter Harbinger?

Post by blogger | September 27, 2013      
Rain gauge

Rain gauge at WildSnow HQ

Our sympathies go out to all the folks that have endured extreme weather recently. Other than a few mudslides and wildfires our corner of the Rocky Mountains hasn’t been hit too hard, but it does seem like the summer has been hotter and the fall has been wetter. Last weekend we woke in the middle of the night to hear rain pounding on the tin roof of the WildSnow HQ port-a-hut.

Lou rushed out to drive the truck to a safety spot on the road only to get mired down in the mud. I heard from a nearby scouting bowhunter that it was pretty funny watching Mr. WildSnow run around in his underwear during a 2:00 AM downpour. We bummed a ride back to town and returned five days later to retrieve the truck, which still barely made it up our wet two-track. The little rain gauge tacked to the porch railing showed 3 new inches of rain. Hopefully Ol’ Man Winter will follow suit and deliver lots and lots of pow this season.


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2 Responses to “Deep Winter Harbinger?”

  1. Lou Dawson September 27th, 2013 12:16 pm

    Up at Field HQ again last night. Another 1/2 inch of water by the time we left! This time, it was a winter type storm leaving snow above about 10,500 feet. Beautiful.

  2. Woody Dixon September 27th, 2013 12:41 pm

    My forecast for this winter in the Cascades:

    We will get high altitude snow in October and November. People will go hit rocks on the Muir Snowfield, Washington Pass and Chinook Pass early season. The ski areas will open. We will have several large storms. It will rain a few times. It will be sunny a few times. We will have at least one large windstorm. We will have a period of drought in which skis and sanity will be sacrificed. We will then have a series of “miracle” dumps in late March and early April. The ski areas will close once true spring skiing arrives. Everyone will complain about it, even though most of them started mountain biking months earlier. Gnarly line on peaks will get skied, brush will be bashed. People will start skiing Muir Snowfield with increasingly questionable coverage. And thus the cycle completes itself.

    At least that’s what I remind myself when I get stoked on the 2 inches of snow on the ridges above my house. 🙂

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