Marsh Fire Lightning Strike Caught on Web Cam

Marsh Fire Lightning Strike Caught on Web Cam

    Unusually active thunderstorms moved across the California Coastal area Sunday morning August 16 2020.  The web camera site for Starvalleyweather.com actively monitors and archives around 120 cams mostly in the area of Wyoming. However there are cams on the site including one at The Lick Observatory east of San Jose, California on Mt. Hamilton.  The cam caught what appears the lightning strike which ignited the Marsh Fire as noted above.       Smoke plumes associated with the…

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Teton Village Balloon Accident on August 3 2020 Caused by Micro Burst

Teton Village Balloon Accident on August 3 2020 Caused by Micro Burst

A serious incident involving the Hot Air Balloons  launched near Teton Village occurred around 8 am Monday morning August 3 2020.  From all indications a micro burst accompanying high based convection was the primary mechanism for the sudden winds that impacted the balloons.  While micro bursts are not uncommon during the summer given environmentally  favorable conditions, typically they occur after the ground has heated sufficiently to steepen the lapse rates and enhance the convective potential during the afternoon.  A concern…

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Teton Wilderness Tornado July 21 1987

Teton Wilderness Tornado July 21 1987

Teton Wilderness, WY F4 Tornado – July 21, 1987 Published by Nick Wilkes – William Dunn on July 15, 2020 SPC Stats Path length: 24 miles Width:  2550 yards Fatalities:  0 Injuries:  0 Rating:  F4 County:  Teton A large area of trees blown down in the Bridger-Teton National Forest (US Forest Service). Most people don’t think of tornadoes affecting the state of Wyoming, let alone violent tornadoes. The state averages about 8 to 14 tornadoes per year. They are often weak, short-lived, and…

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Comet Neowise Over Star Valley

Comet Neowise Over Star Valley

Last night(Wednesday) the Comet Neowise was captured on a couple of the Star Valley Weather Cams This is the cam located  north side of Star Valley Ranch looking north toward Alpine     This cam is located 2 South of Bedford looking north toward Star Valley Ranch   View from Jackson Golf across the Tetons   Should be visible again the next few nights based on the following Comet Discussion   How to see Comet NEOWISE Posted by Eddie Irizarry in SPACE | July 16,…

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Spring/June Precipitation Summary-Star Valley

Spring/June Precipitation Summary-Star Valley

Star Valley and much of Lincoln County ended up with a very beneficial Spring with regards to precipitation. Unlike most of  Wyoming,  much of Lincoln County received above normal amounts of precipitation for both June and the 3 Spring months.   Looking back even further the 6 month and 12 month precipitation analysis continues to show that particularly Star Valley has been the one wet area across Wyoming.     The following are the totals observed in Star Valley for…

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Overnight Rainfall Totals Across Western and Central Wyoming

Overnight Rainfall Totals Across Western and Central Wyoming

  National Weather Service Riverton WY 1242 PM MDT Wed Jun 17 2020 …Overnight Rainfall Totals Across Western and Central Wyoming… A late Spring Cold Front moved across the region overnight and brought wide spread precipitation to western and central Wyoming. The following reports are from Tuesday afternoon through noon today. Location Amount Time/Date Elevation (ft.) …Big Horn County… Lovell 2 SSW 0.82 in 0700 AM 06/17 3950 Lovell 0.52 in 0710 AM 06/17 3847 Shell Creek Snotel 0.30 in…

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Cold Frosty Morning

Cold Frosty Morning

While not rare it was a cold and frosty in much of Star Valley and surrounding areas of Wyoming and Idaho/Utah this less than two weeks away from the beginning of summer June morning. Not unexpectedly, the coldest observed temperatures were near the Salt River in the valley bottom.  Double L Ranch northwest of Etna dipped to 27F A big warm up is in store for the region the remainder of the week with temperatures returning to near or above…

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Freeze Warning Star Valley Tuesday Morning

Freeze Warning Star Valley Tuesday Morning

…Freeze Warning this Morning for the lower elevations of Western Wyoming… .An unusually cold June storm weather system has brought much colder air into western Wyoming, including the lower elevations. Once skies clear tonight and winds diminish, temperatures will continue to drop from already unseasonable levels. Thus, a freeze warning has been issued for late tonight and Tuesday morning. Temperatures should be a few degrees colder then they were overnight last night. Star Valley- Including the cities of Afton, Alpine,…

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Extreme Wind Event Central Rockies June 6 2020

Extreme Wind Event Central Rockies June 6 2020

A powerful line of thunderstorms developed Saturday morning over Eastern Utah and Western Colorado and raced northeastward across the Central Rockies into the adjacent high plains.  This line of storms was driven  by a strong upper low and associated jet streak that tracked from off the coast of Southern California Friday night to the Canadian  border region of North Dakota Sunday morning.   There were hundreds of reports of severe wind gusts with the storms noted in the following storm…

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