Good news - I found another 'guest blogger' to write a post for us enjoy!
Hello everyone, my name is Brian McInerney, and I’m the Senior Hydrologist for the National Weather Service located in Salt Lake City, Utah. As the Hydrologist, my job is to analyze snowpack in the mountain areas of Utah, and forecast the spring snowmelt runoff volume and timing. I’ve been asked by Park City Mountain Resort to give a bit of an insight to the current snowpack conditions in the mountains where the Park City Mountain Resort resides.
Currently, we are experiencing a tremendous snowpack, averaging 143% of normal, with more storms on the horizon. The season started out somewhat late, but right around the second week of December, the storms came with a vengeance. During the winter season, Utah typically experiences one, maybe two storms per week. During the time frame from mid-December to early February, we experienced three and sometimes four storms, for six weeks. I personally almost used up all my vacation time taking days off to ski the killer powder. I even gave reports on water supply and snowpack to the media while ducking into the trees on big powder days. My hyper mind set on skiing great powder translated into the interviews and sounded somewhat giddy. I sounded kind of odd I guess.
Well, as far as Utah’s snow goes, the skiing is killer all over the state, and with more storms forecasted on the way, we expect the snow to remain at much above normal levels for some time. We can save up vacation days when summer gets here.
Thanks for letting me contribute to this blog. Let it snow!!
Thanks for the great post Brian!