Winter Sunset Star Valley

Winter Sunset Star Valley

On the first full day of Winter, a brief but picturesque sunset occurred over the Lower Star Valley about 5pm this Sunday evening. Fortunately the cam network in place  over the Lower Valley was able to catch the sunset.  Following are the views from those cams about the time of peak color.    

How Cold Was It?

How Cold Was It?

Under a clear sky and fresh snow pack, temperatures have been quite cold the past couple of mornings.  However just how cold depends on location.  The valley floor along the Salt River typically is the coldest under these conditions and this morning was no exception.   The lowest observed was at the Afton airport with -18, with The Double L Ranch in the lower valley right behind with -17.  It was possibly even colder at locations like Auburn, but there…

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Fall Weather Summary-Star Valley

Fall Weather Summary-Star Valley

With the official beginning of winter Saturday it is a good time to review Star Valley weather for the Fall of 2019. After what was the second very dry summer in a row, the weather pattern changed early in September. The following two charts show the Afton precipitation for the months of July/August 2019 when virtually no precipitation was reported, followed by September to mid December when around 8 inches was measured, more than 2 inches above normal. Afton precipitation…

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Snow Fall Totals Friday Afternoon

Snow Fall Totals Friday Afternoon

National Weather Service Riverton WY 1259 PM MDT Fri Dec 13 2019 A potent Pacific winter storm dumped very significant amounts of snowfall to far western Wyoming Thursday, Thursday night, and this morning. Other areas of Wyoming that did receive snow had lesser amounts. …Preliminary Snowfall Amounts Since Thursday… Notes: Location of reports are referenced from city center. Snowfall reports from SNOTEL (Snow Telemetry) sites are estimated. Location Snowfall Big Horn County… Powder River Pass… 3 inches. Bone Springs Divide…

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Winter Weather Advisory Star Valley

Winter Weather Advisory Star Valley

URGENT – WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE National Weather Service Riverton WY 230 PM MST Wed Dec 11 2019 …Significant Snow and Wind Expected in the Western Mountains and valleys Thursday and Friday… .A steady stream of Pacific moisture will feed into western Wyoming Thursday and Friday. The snow will be accompanied by increasing wind late Thursday into Friday morning complicating travel over the western mountain passes. Star Valley- Including the cities of Afton, Alpine, Star Valley Ranch, and Thayne 230 PM…

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Snow on the Way for Star Valley

Snow on the Way for Star Valley

Wednesday morning water vapor image   Special Weather Statement National Weather Service Riverton WY 300 AM MST Wed Dec 11 2019 WYZ013-023-025-120000- Jackson Hole-Star Valley-Upper Green River Basin Foothills- Including the cities of Jackson, Afton, Alpine, Star Valley Ranch, Thayne, and Pinedale 300 AM MST Wed Dec 11 2019 …Accumulating Valley Snow Expected Thursday and Friday… A steady stream of Pacific moisture will feed into western Wyoming Thursday and Friday. Snow and an increasing southerly wind are expected to impact…

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Bridger Teton Avalanche Center Weekly Snow Summary ending Dec 5 2019

Bridger Teton Avalanche Center Weekly Snow Summary ending Dec 5 2019

Bridger Teton Avalanche Center Weekly Snow Summary ending Dec 5 2019 Nov 29 to Dec 5 A natural avalanche cycle occurs and large, slab avalanches are human triggered with two close calls on persistent weak layers The storm cycle that began during the previous week brought abundant snowfall to the region on the evening of November 29 and into the morning hours on November 30. Snowfall intensities exceeded an inch per hour after sunset on November 29 until the storm…

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U.S. Summary of State Historical Snowfall Extremes

U.S. Summary of State Historical Snowfall Extremes

Christopher Burt Weather Historian for Weather Underground provides  a comprehensive summary of every states snow records. A Summary of U.S. State Historical Snowfall Extremes Christopher C. Burt  ·  December 4, 2019, 12:34 PM EST Above: A resident of Erie, Pennsylvania digs his driveway out during the record snowstorm of December 24-27, 2017. The storm total of 65.1” was the greatest single-storm snowfall for the state of Pennsylvania ever measured. Image credit: Courtesy Jourdan Lagace, via weather.com. In late October, I posted a Category 6 entry about…

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Snowfall Totals-Noon Sunday

Snowfall Totals-Noon Sunday

1230 PM MDT Sun Dec 08 2019 …Preliminary snowfall totals from Saturday 12/07 to Sunday 12/08… A Pacific weather system has brought another round of snow to the western mountains and Valleys of Wyoming. Periods of snowfall will continue through Sunday evening. Notes: Location of reports are referenced from city center. Snowfall reports from SNOTEL (Snow Telemetry) sites are estimated and based on snow water equivalent. Location Snowfall Fremont County… Deer Park Snotel… 4 inches. Cold Springs Snotel… 3 inches….

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