Late season snowfall and cooler temperatures have helped preserve the snowpack. Melting snow is crucial to keep the summer meadows moist and blooming as well as keeping wildfire risk at bay. After a mild winter, the cool spring has been a welcome change. Water content in the Teton snowpack is currently about 70-80% of average. Local — Grizzly … [Read more...] about May Nature News: Cool Spring Preserves Snowpack
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April Nature News: Spring is in The Air in Jackson Hole
While March is typically cool and wet, Spring began with unseasonably warm temperatures this year. Sunshine and warm temperatures have swept the valley's southern slopes free of snow to make way for green grass and early spring flowers. Many species of birds have returned to the Hole, including geese, bluebirds, robins, cranes and many more. Each day feels … [Read more...] about April Nature News: Spring is in The Air in Jackson Hole
March Nature News: Low snowpack, the roadkill app, and a look at the deepening megadrought
Spring is just a few weeks away and Jackson is in need of more snow. Winter snowfall is crucial since most of our annual moisture falls as snow. The snowmelt keeps the meadows green and the creeks full throughout most of the summer months. Jackson receives just 20 inches of rain and nearly 400 inches of mountain snow on average each year. Our current … [Read more...] about March Nature News: Low snowpack, the roadkill app, and a look at the deepening megadrought
February Nature News: Stunning Teton Views; American Bison; The Future of Nordic Skiing
Current snow pack is 99% of average in the Tetons. At the start of the year, storms dumped lots of fresh snow in Jackson Hole but sun and cold temperatures have dominated the recent weather pattern. A high pressure has settled over our valley causing a temperature inversion, with the heavier cold air sinking in the valley and warm air rising into the … [Read more...] about February Nature News: Stunning Teton Views; American Bison; The Future of Nordic Skiing
January Nature News: Winter Solstice Brings Lots of Snow to Jackson Hole
The Winter Solstice, December 21, marks the beginning of winter in the northern hemisphere and this year it also marked the beginning of snow season in Jackson Hole. For most of December, the valley floor remained brown, temperatures reached into the forties, and winter recreation was delayed due to a lack of snow. Fortunately, Old Man Winter brought LOTS … [Read more...] about January Nature News: Winter Solstice Brings Lots of Snow to Jackson Hole