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Lake-Effect Snow Storms Sometimes Need Mountains
2013-02-19 11:16:17

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online People living around the Great Lakes and near the Great Salt Lake know all about how lake-effect snow bands can move in quickly and dump several inches of the white stuff in just a few hours. A pair of Utah researchers has found the topography around a lake can greatly influence the amount and range of a lake-effect snow event, according to a new study in the new journal Monthly Weather Review. The study's senior author, Jim...

Image 1 - Doppler-on-Wheels Helps Researchers Study Western Snow Storms
2011-12-07 13:36:02

SCHUSS. The term for a straight, downhill ski run. In the land of the Greatest Snow on Earth--Utah--SCHUSS is also the moniker for storm-chasing, Old Man Winter-style. In the Storm Chasing Utah Style Study--SCHUSS--funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), chasing snowstorms is "as exciting as chasing tornadoes," says University of Utah atmospheric scientist Jim Steenburgh, the project's director. He and colleagues are "looking at the guts," Steenburgh says, "of winter storms in...

Image 1 - Storm Chasers Of Utah
2011-11-11 04:35:05

Tornado-Hunting Radar Truck Seeks Wasatch Snow, Rain A truck-mounted radar dish often used to chase Midwest tornadoes is getting a workout in Utah this month as University of Utah meteorologists use it to get an unprecedented look inside snow and rain storms over the Salt Lake Valley and the surrounding Wasatch and Oquirrh mountains. “For students who love snow, it´s every bit as thrilling as chasing tornadoes,” says avid skier and atmospheric sciences Professor Jim...

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2010-02-22 08:07:04

National Weather Service adopts U of Utah powder prediction method University of Utah scientists developed an easier way for meteorologists to predict snowfall amounts and density "“ fluffy powder or wet cement. The method has been adopted by the National Weather Service for use throughout Utah "“ and could be adjusted for use anywhere. Based on a study of 457 winter storms during eight years at 9,644 feet in the Wasatch Range at Utah's Alta Ski Area, the researchers determined...


Word of the Day
barghest
  • A goblin in English folklore, often appearing in the shape of a large dog and believed to portend imminent death or misfortune.
  • A ghost, wraith, hobgoblin, elf, or spirit.
The origin of 'barghest' is not known, but it may be from perhaps burh-ghest, town-ghost, or German Berg-geist (mountain spirit) or Bär-geist (bear-spirit).
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