To say we had a sub-par winter this yr, may be an understatement. It began late, completed early, and wasn’t as snowy as you will have turn out to be accustomed to, particularly should you’ve been round Jackson Gap the final seven years or so.

Hardly ever although do a couple of phrases inform the entire story. So, I’ll evaluation the information and break down all the main points for the winter season of 2021-22, to see how this winter in comparison with previous years right here in Jackson Gap.

Much less City Snow

Whole snowfall from December 1st, 2021 to April 1st, 2022 was 54 inches. In accordance with information from the City of Jackson Local weather Station. That was about 7 inches shy of the long-term common for the four-month interval of 61 inches, or 89-percent of regular snowfall.

Snow that started late in December 2021 saved us this winter, accounting for 26 inches of the winter’s whole snow. That was 9 inches greater than the typical December snowfall and the one month this winter that had above common snowfall on the town.

Final winter, in 2020-21, city snowfall got here in proper at regular, with 61 inches. Nonetheless, the 2 winters previous to that have been fairly snowy, with round 90 inches of snowfall on the town within the winter of 2019-20 and 2018-19. You could recall that February of 2019 broke a document with 55 inches of snow on the town. In comparison with solely 5 inches this February.

City Precip greater than Final Winter

The quantity of water contained on this winter’s snowfall additionally got here up wanting the long-term averages. December by means of March 2021-22 whole precipitation on the town was 3.91 inches, in comparison with the long-term common of 5.39 inches, or 73-percent of our regular winter precipitation.

What stunned me although was that the earlier winter had much less water than we obtained this winter. Whole precipitation for winter 2020-21 was solely 3.78 inches.

Together with precipitation from October and November 2021 brings Jackson’s whole precipitation for the final six months as much as 7.13 inches. That places Jackson at 91-percent of the long-term common for October by means of March of seven.86 inches. Which is forward of what we had for whole precipitation in October-March 2020-21, which was solely 6.38 inches.

Temps Up and Down

In accordance with the month-to-month common temperatures on the Jackson Local weather Station, December and March have been each hotter than regular, however January and February have been a lot colder than regular.

Trying on the imply month-to-month temperatures, December 2021 was eight levels hotter than regular; January 2022 was 7.5 levels colder than regular; February 2022 was nearly 6 levels colder than regular; and March 2022 was 2.5 levels hotter than regular on the town.

For those who take the typical of the imply temperatures for the 4 months, then the Winter of 2021-22 ended up at 19 levels, which is one diploma colder than the long-term common imply temperature for December by means of March of 20 levels.

Jackson had a complete of 45 days between December 1st, 2021, and March 31st, 2022, with low temperatures at or under zero. Forty of these days occurred in January and February. The coldest day of the winter was January 29th, 2022, with a low of minus 21 levels.

The earlier winter, 2020-21, we had 46 days with low temperatures at or under zero on the town, and the coldest day was additionally minus 21 levels, on December 29th, 2020.

Mountain Snow was Down

At Jackson Gap Mountain Resort’s Rendezvous Bowl climate station, at across the 9,600-foot elevation, the entire snowfall from December 1st, 2021, to April 1st, 2022, was 241. The long-term common snowfall for that four-month interval is 307 inches. December 2021 alone accounted for 112 of these 241 inches and was additionally the one month this winter that had above common snowfall.

Within the larger image, the entire season snowfall on the mountain, from October 1st, 2021, to April 1st, 2022, was 321 inches. That’s 82-percent of the historic common snowfall for that point interval, which is 392 inches.

In comparison with the earlier winter, when the mountain obtained 100 inches greater than common, with a grand whole of 493 inches from October 1st, 2020 to April 1st, 2021, or 126-percent of regular. Together with the memorable 172 inches of powder that fell within the mountains in February of 2021.

This previous winter was the primary under common snowfall winter that now we have seen on the mountain within the final seven years. The final time we had a winter with under common mountain snowfall was in 2014-15. That winter had much less snow than this winter, from October 1st to April 1st, 2014-15, the entire snowfall was solely 297 inches.

There have truly been eight winters within the final 47 years at JHMR with much less snowfall than this one, together with the driest winter ever, 1976-77, which solely had 188 inches of whole snowfall.

So, rely your blessings, as my mom all the time says. Possibly this winter didn’t stay as much as the dream winters now we have skilled during the last decade or so, however there may be all the time subsequent yr! And let’s pray that this winter was a one-off.

Jim is the chief meteorologist at mountainweather.com and has been forecasting the climate in Jackson Gap and the Teton Vary for over 30 years.

Parts of this publish first appeared within the Jackson Gap Information and Information, on April sixth.

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