LOCAL March brings change to the snowy landscape as Spring begins. The month was cold but skies were bright and blue. Increased light spurs change. By middle of the month, the southern slopes on the East and West Gros Ventre Buttes near Jackson expose vegetation. Deer flock to open food sources, rodents are more active, returning Robins find grubs where … [Read more...] about March Nature News: Crust cruising, Grizzly bears & the energetic shift of Spring
February has been a wild ride reminiscent of the 2016-17 winter, which broke all records for valley snow. Storm after storm has hit Jackson Hole this month putting smiles on the skiers' faces. But all this winter weather translates to delayed travel, ice dams on roofs, endless shoveling, and piles of snow to move and manage. As much as we love playing in the … [Read more...] about February Nature News: Near Record Snow Stresses Plant-Eating Wildlife on the Hunt for Food
January weather was cold and snowy but annual snowfall lingers below average. We end the month at 84% of annual snowfall and a 76-inch base. The month brought a few good storms and valley snow is much deeper than last winter. When we do have periods of sun and high pressure, we usually get a temperature inversion, which means temperatures are warmer at upper … [Read more...] about January Nature News: Nearing average snowfall, government shutdown, and the human-wildlife conflict
Our weather patterns are greatly affected by the jet stream and the mountains here in Jackson Hole. December started cold and snowy this year, and as the month progressed a few storms missed Jackson and went south to Colorado. Our local ski resorts need fresh snow to accommodate all the visitors coming to celebrate the holiday season here. Fortunately, the … [Read more...] about December Nature News: Hunting, Wildlife Management, and Wyoming Winter Fun!
November brings more weather changes to Jackson Hole as the days continue to shorten and the landscape becomes more wintry. By Halloween, local residents expect snow know is time to dig out the warm layers, hats, and gloves to prepare for fun outdoor opportunities. The November wind carries a sharpness and we physically identify with the harsh beginning … [Read more...] about November Nature News: Wintering Wildlife, Chronic Wasting Disease, and Winter Closures