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post #1 of 25
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This seems to be the time year where it becomes impossible to avoid conversations about forecasting the weather for the rest of the ski season. Everyone seems to have their own theory about why it will be a killer season in their region. Have you ever heard someone say the upcoming season will suck? Nope.. predictions are always for big and bigger storms.

Yesterday I was informed we're due for a great season because hornets were building nests in buildings (don't they always do that?) In the past I've heard predictions of large snowfall because caterpillars were fuzzy (aren't some always fuzzy?) Another friend insists that when grass grows around a specific mountain structure we'll have a big year. Thus far he's 6 for 6 on his predictions.

So what's your wacky theory for snowfall? Any real proof it works?
post #2 of 25
snow will fall. I will ride it. any time riding on the snow is better than time at work. therefore...It will be a great season.
post #3 of 25
My wife has been horny on Weekdays. It's going to be an epic year! (Does this belong over on the sister forum?
post #4 of 25
My foolproof system is drive to Salt Lake City, get up and call the one number that has a report for all 7 areas, and go to the one with the most new snow. Long range forcasts don't usually work. Two years ago Alt/Snowbird had a 10" base 4 days before Thanksgiving, then it snowed 10 feet in 5 days. (Yes that's 2 ft. of new eveyday for 5 days straight.)

You can't count on the weatherman, but you can be sure that the Wasatch always get the goods. My forcast is that I will be skiing whatever the local area has to offer and heading to SLC whenever I need more snow.
post #5 of 25
A friend of mine keeps me informed of her theory: the earlier her cat decides to sleep in my friend's bed (under the blankets), the colder the winter is going to be.

This is good news for New England skiers: her cat started sleeping with her about a week ago, which is record early.
post #6 of 25
I look to the West. If I see dark clouds, it likely will snow.
post #7 of 25
i have been doing raindances with my goggles and jacket on. i figure the spirits will see that i am hoping for snow.is the one about seeing a ring around the moon at night meaning its going to snow true?
post #8 of 25
Sporadic frost tonight in vermont. The farmers almanac calls for a cold winter in the NE. That can be good and bad, if its too cold it wont snow. But we could all do with a winter without a thaw like 2001 I am glad to hear about the cat, this is good news!

Alfonse
post #9 of 25
Snow forecast down to 4500' in the cascades for the weekend. 3'-4' and it'll be time to start hiking. October turns will be sweeeeeet.
post #10 of 25
I think if you get too much snow "early" then it gets all used up and it'll be a bad winter. (True last year here. We had a white Halloween.) Also, if my dogs start shedding in December it'll be a warm winter. (True last year as well.)
post #11 of 25
I'm broke, so it will be a record year for snowfall in places I'm too poor to travel to.....Utah, Colorado, PacificNorthWet: gear up for a banner year.

Locally, it will be warmer than usual, since I will be skiing at one area most of the season. It will be too warm to make snow until after Christmas, and the season will end before March 5.

Should I get a job, I won't be travelling anyway, so areas 500 miles or more away from Vermont center will have Epic Snows.

Enjoy, ya'll.
post #12 of 25
Thou shalt doth smear ye burnt entrails of ye yellow-nosed vole on thy lintel posts of thine altar. Shalt thou doeth this every Sabath twixt the equinox and the solstice. Ye who glory in this work shall be blessed with mega freshies whenstever ye strappeth thy sacred boards to thine blessed feet.

-Lev 9:18
post #13 of 25
We had lake effect rain in Pa today the bands were quite noticeable on the radar.

Which bring me to another fact for you great lake area skiers. The great lakes are very very warm. This means that Lake Effect snow will be easier to produce and last much longer. The First COLD snap will have lake effect snow I honestly think we could open before thanksgiving in the middle-altantic region.
post #14 of 25
For those skiing in the northern Cascades, I was informed when I was a wee lad that Ullr lived in the tunnel on US 2 next to the Money Creek campground, a short distance West of Skykomish on the way to Stevens Pass. Old time skiers have passed on the wisdom that you must honk each time you pass through the tunnel to give homage to Ullr in order to have good snowfall.

Now my confession. In the summer of '04 I completely forgot about honking as I passed through. Look at the winter we had last year! I admit, it's all my fault. I will NEVER fail to honk again.
post #15 of 25
Quote:
Originally Posted by clarkenstein
i have been doing raindances with my goggles and jacket on. i figure the spirits will see that i am hoping for snow.is the one about seeing a ring around the moon at night meaning its going to snow true?
It's called a Moondog. High Cirrus clouds(ice particles)preceeding a front.
post #16 of 25
Quote:
Originally Posted by mudfoot
My foolproof system is drive to Salt Lake City, get up and call the one number that has a report for all 7 areas, and go to the one with the most new snow. Long range forcasts don't usually work. Two years ago Alt/Snowbird had a 10" base 4 days before Thanksgiving, then it snowed 10 feet in 5 days. (Yes that's 2 ft. of new eveyday for 5 days straight.)

You can't count on the weatherman, but you can be sure that the Wasatch always get the goods. My forcast is that I will be skiing whatever the local area has to offer and heading to SLC whenever I need more snow.
Yo, did you read the thread title? Sheesh, what a buzzkill.

My theory, you virtually guarantee a lack of snow where you're heading
by booking a ski trip in Sept.
post #17 of 25
Good load of nuts from the Hickory tree.
post #18 of 25
I like Scott Steven's theories - see www.weatherwars.info

Among the more interesting of his theories, is that the Russians invented a machine the could control the weather, and that the Japanese mafia (or "those in power") used a similar machine to send Katrina to the US to elict change.:

Go figure.

HB
post #19 of 25
[quote=xdog1]Yo, did you read the thread title? Sheesh, what a buzzkill.

The question was" "So what's your wacky theory for snowfall? Any real proof it works?"

My theory: You cannot predict snowfall, so quit trying and just go to Salt Lake City where the odds for new snow are better than anywhere else on the planet.

Proof it works: Even if it looks bad there it can get real good real fast, as evidenced by massive historic snowfall.
post #20 of 25
If I start growing fur on the bottoms of my feet I'll expect record snowfall, however since this has yet to happen, I have no proof.
post #21 of 25
[quote=mudfoot]
Quote:
Originally Posted by xdog1
Yo, did you read the thread title? Sheesh, what a buzzkill.

The question was" "So what's your wacky theory for snowfall? Any real proof it works?"

My theory: You cannot predict snowfall, so quit trying and just go to Salt Lake City where the odds for new snow are better than anywhere else on the planet.

Proof it works: Even if it looks bad there it can get real good real fast, as evidenced by massive historic snowfall.
It's a novelty thread bro, an attempt at humor if you will.

Apparently, you won't. :
post #22 of 25
I have a special hillbilly weather stick mounted on the side of the house.
If it is wiggling, I know it is windy.
If it is wet, I know it is raining.
If I can't see it, I know it is foggy.
If it is white, I know it is snowing.
post #23 of 25
Quote:
Originally Posted by xdog1

It's a novelty thread bro, an attempt at humor if you will.

Apparently, you won't. :

If you can't find any humor in waiting until it snows before you try and predict it, I'll leave now and let you get back to your buzz.
post #24 of 25
We watch very carefully for the natural signs. When the condo owners stack big piles of wood on their balconies we know that winter is coming soon.
post #25 of 25
Quote:
Originally Posted by xdog1
My theory, you virtually guarantee a lack of snow where you're heading
by booking a ski trip in Sept.
Thats the truth.

ESA should be totally screwed with all of us making travel arrangements to attend.
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