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
In Jackson Hole, November and December are expected to be dark, cold, rainy and snowy. Many Jackson locals enjoy the quiet months at home to train for ski season, swap out their wardrobes, winterize, and enjoy the magnificent landscape without a lot of visitors. Others prefer to swap out the cold in exchange for biking and camping in the Southwest. Either … [Read more...] about December Nature News: Scant snow leaves Jackson Hole relatively bare going into ski season
Fall is a favorite time of the year for our team of naturalists. Autumn arrives with frosty mornings, the sound of bugling bull elk, and vibrant foliage dotting the hillsides. We've had unseasonably warm, dry weather, what is referred to as Indian summer, and the trees and plants are showing their colors once again. Both the dogwood and huckleberry bushes … [Read more...] about October Nature News: Autumn brings frosty mornings and bugling bull elk
Local Weather April was cold and snowy in Wyoming with a whisper of spring. Due to a family emergency, I spent the month in the Midwest. I traveled to Ohio when my mother broke her back. April in Ohio contrasts greatly with the winter landscape of Wyoming. The month started with green grass and flowering trees: Magnolias, Pear, Redbud, Maple and … [Read more...] about April Nature News: Transition to spring!
Heat and haze dominate the start of August. Temperatures this month were hot, rain was minimal and the lack of moisture has left a crispy landscape. Fire danger changed to extreme. Winds brought smoke and haze from northern California making the month predominately smoky. As I have mentioned before, fire is extremely important in the Greater Yellowstone … [Read more...] about August Nature News: Smoky skies, the controversial Grizzly hunt, and berry season in Jackson Hole