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Hi Joel, Thank for your work and sharing it with us--even over the summer. As a bit of weather geek and skier, OpenSnow is perfect in my opinion! My question is off topic from ski season snow, but related to the weather in Colorado. I live in extreme southeast Colorado (Baca County) and was wondering what the forecast models might be showing for the southeast plains in regards to moisture trends for the coming winter. I've read a fair bit on the Rockies, but I haven't found too much for the plains. I've found maps from the Drought Monitor website, but I get a little lost in some of the technical analysis. I work with many farmers and ranchers who have struggled in the drought and I was curious if you might have some insight to any trends. I certainly understand that long-range forecasts are not terribly useful and I understand this is beyond the realm of the focus of the website, but I appreciate your thoughts. Thank you for your time!

Answered 1 week ago

So, the last time a big volcano erupted in Iceland (1783), the Mississippi froze at New Orleans. Now that there's a very real risk of an even larger volcano erupting in Iceland. As horrible as this could be for travel, food production, etc, what could it mean for ski season?

Answered 1 week ago

Hi Joel Love your site! I signed up for the pro this year. Not too humid in Philly this summer, but still Colorado dreaming about the winter. I saved your article from last year where you talked about your new powder skis and I have a few questions. 1) You say "find the lightest skis". What is considered light for a ski that is 175-180cm long and as wide as your powder skis (126mm at he waist)? Most of the skis I see on-line weigh are in the 9-10.5 lb. range. 2) How much should bindings weigh? My guess is they are the biggest swing factor in weight. 3) On-line I can't find skis that are skinnier in the tail than in the waist. Do you know of any brands that have these types of skis? Thanks.

Answered 1 week ago

Hey team - Weak to moderate El Nino - What does this typically mean for the Northern Rockies (WY). I have read conflicting opinions. Some say dry, others are far more optimistic because of the strength - . Your opinions? Mike

Answered 3 weeks ago

Does it look like there will be an El Nino during the winter of 2014-15? If so, how does that typically affect the snow season? Thanks, Audre and Dimitri

Answered 3 weeks ago

B.A. (or Joel I guess), What do you make of the very rare, yet brief rain event we had here in the Marin/Sonoma last week? It felt like monsoon rains since it came in heavy waves and only lasted like 45 minutes. I grew up in Marin and I've never seen it rain before in July my entire life. Heavy mist from the fog? Sure. But there was no fog anywhere in site (I can see pretty far from my house), just rain for 45 minutes.

Answered 3 weeks ago

Thank you Joel for hanging with us this summer. I may be nuts but I can see and feel deep fluffy powder when I close my eyes! BTW What's the latest on El Nino? Or will you wait until your late August report to conjecture re? Jonathan

Answered 4 weeks ago

It has been very windy in Central Colorado (Vail, Glenwood etc...., all of the I-70 corridor) for what feels like most of May & June. My theory is that it will stay windy until the snow melts out in the high country. Any truth to this??

Answered 6 weeks ago

Hi Joel. I;ve been told that in an El Nino year one should ski east facing slopes (like Steamboat) earlier in the season because they are likely to soften up earlier, and then ski northern facing slopes later in the season. Any credibility to this view? Thanks, Gene

Answered 6 weeks ago

Hi Joel: In addition to being a skier, I'm also a pilot, and I'm getting ready to fly to Colorado. In looking at the model data on various sites on the net, I've found a "total cloud cover" dataset, but I need a bit more detail for flight-planning. Is there a set of model data that breaks down cloud-cover at various altitudes rather than a composite of the whole atmosphere? If so, do you have link? Thanks for all you do!

Answered 6 weeks ago
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