Over the past few days, we’ve seen active weather across Utah. The mountains have seen their first taste of winter. Here is a look at Snowbird’s Hidden Peak this morning:
Much of the precipitation yesterday got hung up farther north yesterday, with Snowbasin seeing several inches up top:
It was great to see these images. A harbinger of things to come. However, for now things are going to calm down. After a few remaining showers today (Thursday), we will dry out and warm up for the weekend. A BEAUTIFUL Fall weekend is in store for Utah with leaves changing in the high elevations! Get out and enjoy it!
Next week, models have been hinting at another surge of tropical moisture moving into SoCal / Arizona. Some model runs kept this moisture to our south and east, while others bring it into Northern Utah next Tuesday and Wednesday… Well have to keep an eye on things, but we could have another rain event for the latter part of next week.
In general, the models have been consistent in depicting troughing off the west coast and ridging for the eastern half of the US. Unfortunately, this time of year the continental high pressure is still strong enough that we don’t see much progression east of the trough. My guess is that sometime around the turn of the month we’ll see another chance for snow, but who knows….? No rush.
P.S. I woke up this morning to two messages asking how the earthquake (8.3 off coast of Chile yesterday) and subsequent tsunami would affect El Niño. In short, zero effect. El Nino is a phenomenon that generally takes place way out in the ocean, and when a tsunami passes through the middle of the ocean, it does so usually as just a small, temporary rise in the sea level. It’s almost always totally indiscernible to people on boats. It’s only when it reaches shallow water that you see the wave rise up cause damage. So it’s not going to change anything with regard to ocean temperatures, at least not where it counts.