Snow Pictures

September 23rd, 2013 at 12:52 pm by under Bill's Blog, Weather

Monarch pass colorado snowcam  Alaska cam Check out the live picture on the left at Noon from Monarch Pass, Colorado.  The plows were out to clear US 50.  Check out the webcams at the Arapahoe Si Area west of Denver.   The picture on the right is on the highway between Fairbanks and Prudhoe Bay, Alaska.   This morning the temperature at Anaktuvuk Pass AK was 14.  Bettles had a high/low of 31/17 yesterday PM and this AM.  The average date of our first measurable snow in G.R. is Nov. 9.  That’s about 6 1/2 weeks away.  I think our first snowflakes will come before Nov. 9 this year.  From the NWS in Wyoming:  “WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY…SIGNIFICANT SNOWFALL WILL BE POSSIBLE…  MAINLY WEST OF THE DIVIDE…WITH SNOW LEVELS LOWERING TO 5000 TO 6000  FEET BY WEDNESDAY EVENING.”  And from the NWS in Idaho: “A DEEPENING PACIFIC STORM WILL BRING STRONG WINDS TO THE SNAKE  PLAIN AND SNOW TO THE CENTRAL IDAHO MOUNTAINS ON WEDNESDAY AND  THURSDAY. TOTAL SNOW AMOUNTS ABOVE 7000 FT WILL BE AROUND 5 TO 7  INCHES FOR THE TWO-DAY PERIOD.”   For weather geeks:  PNA goes positive, recurving typhoon Pabuk, NAO going negative all imply a cool shot for the Great Lakes for the first week of October.

61 Responses to “Snow Pictures”

  1. Travis (Oakland County) says:

    Glad someone is out west. My brother in Park City, Utah often gets big snows in September at the high elevations, but there’s nothing even on the horizon this year. Too warm. And this is after a horrible year last year from them for snow, so he said all the snow lovers are getting restless.

    Check out the last couple months of temps for their close neighbors, Salt Lake City (departures from average):

    +2.8 May
    +5.6 June
    +5.4 July
    +5.7 August
    +6.2 September (so far)

    1. Bill Steffen says:

      Please give us a list of those “big snows in September” at Park City. We need to verify that. The Alta Ski Area averages 5″ of snow in Sept. Alta is at 8,530 feet above sea level. Park City is at 4,300 feet above sea level. It was a big year for snowfall and skiing in Utah last winter: Salt Lake City had 69.9″ of snow last winter, well above the 56.5″ average. The Alta Ski Area had 341.3″ last winter…plenty for a great year of skiing.

      1. Travis (Oakland County) says:

        Here’s last year at Snowbird on September 25th:

        Here’s Snowbird from a September 16th snow in 2011:

        A big year for snowfall? Last year was one of the worst winters on record out west in terms of snowfall. Park City only received 76% of their average. Snowbird only 73%.

        “2012-13 was overall well below average in snowfall.”

        1. Bill Steffen says:

          I stand by my previous comment. Alta averages 5″ of snow in September, Snowbird is about the same…they are both over 8,000 foot elevation. It doesn’t snow in September in Park City at an elevation of 4,300 feet. I added up the 38 ski areas at your link and they had a combined 92% of average snowfall last winter…that’s pretty close to average. More than a gigantic seasonal snowfall, ski areas like frequent snows to keep the slopes fresh, limited thaws and snowfall where people live to get them thinking about skiing. Huge snow dumps can actually make it more difficult for people from getting to the resorts. As my link shows…revenues were up year-to-year at Utah ski areas.

        2. Travis (Oakland County) says:

          Park City is not at 4,300 feet. I think you are confused. Park City is at 6,800+ feet.

          The US Rockies, California, Utah, Colorado, etc all had very below average snow last winters.

        3. Bill Steffen says:

          You’re right, the first source I looked at was wrong…it’s 6,800 feet…but there’s still a lot of differences between 6,800 feet and 8,500 feet (Alta). Do you have a list of “big Sept. snows” in the town of Park City?

          Also, looks like the Arctic ice extent is headed back upward: What an incredible change in one year!

          And…the Heavenly Ski Area in California has it’s first snow…3 weeks ahead of last year:

        4. Travis (Oakland County) says:

          If by incredible you mean the 6th lowest arctic ice extent ever recorded – after 2012′s all-time record low.

    2. Rocky (Rockford) says:

      Travis is very sick. His warm weather addiction is out of control. I do not believe a word he says. His ridiculous comments just keep rolling!

      1. Rodey (Rockford) says:

        Like looking in the mirror isn’t it. Fantastic. I love it.

        1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

          fixxxer get a life. You are a pathetic human being!

        2. Jordan (Twin Lake) says:

          fixxxer’s life is porn!

  2. Nathan says:

    I know one thing though, there is no way that we will see as much snow this February as the last one! And I am also positive we will see more snow this December than last year, especially considering we had pretty much no snow up until Christmas. In fact, I went on vacation to Dallas last Christmas break and there was more snow there than here! My grandma, who lives in Texas, said it was horrible to drive in the storm… And by storm, she meant 1.5 inches of snow!

  3. Jack says:

    SNOW SUCKS!!!!! Stay Cued… ;)

    1. Jordan (Twin Lake) says:

      So does fixxxer!

  4. Tom H says:

    We have an exchange student from an area of France that typically doesn’t get much snow. No not the south of France but the northeast corner of France. In any case, she is on the fence on whether she is looking forward to or dreading spending a winter her along Lake Michigan.

  5. Carrie says:

    Any clue on October 12 weather? Youngest son has an outside wedding ceremony planned.

    1. Cort S. says:

      Wish I could be of more help, but Chaos Theory prevents us from giving you a forecast that far out. You just have to default to looking at the climatological normals for that time of year, until we get to within a week or so of the wedding. Check back soon!

    2. Rocky (Rockford) says:


    3. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

      Their guess will change ever day for the next two weeks but as of today the Acculessweather guess for October 12 is for a cloudy day with a high of 65 and a low of 48. BTW the average for October 12 is a high of 62 and a low of 43 and the record high is 84 (1930) and the record low is 27 (1987) so my guess is that it will be somewhere in-between a high of 84 and a low of 27 with something closer to 60 and 45 being the case.

  6. Marti B. (newly located in SE Grand Rapids, MI) says:

    It’s inevitable given the time of year, and the fact this is Michigan! :)

  7. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    Great photos Bill! Another day with below average temperatures and Travis is spewing more propaganda about warm weather! Imagine that!!

    1. Rodey (Rockford) says:

      Increase your meds. Your cold weather bias and obsession with Travis is out of control. Fantastic. I love it.

      1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

        fixxxer get a life!!

  8. Dan S. says:

    Sooooooo…when are we gonna STOP having 80 degree days!?? Should this Saturday be about the last…HOPEFULLY!????

    1. Jack says:

      Hopefully !!!!! NOT!!! Keep the 80′s COMING!!! Stay Cued… ;-)

      1. SBPortage002 says:

        Don’t you mean the 1980′s??? My favorite decade. :)

        1. Mark (East Lansing) says:

          Nat Geo did a six-part series this year on the 1980s narrated by Rob Lowe. It was outstanding. I highly recommend it.

  9. Jen in Middleville says:

    I agree with Dan, hopefully this is the last 80 and then even more hopeful snow will follow soon!!

        1. Jack says:

          Sorry the CUE, didn’t Work !! ” Warm Monger” ?? Nope just Hate Cold & Snow ! The Older I Get !! Stay Cued… For ” Indian Summer” !!!! ;-)

        2. Mike M. says:

          Huh. It was The Crazy World of Arthur Brown “Fire!” I know you know that one.

        3. Jack says:

          Ahhh Yes Indeed Mike M. Great old Song !! Thanks for Staying Cued…. Here is POCO, doing a Tune Simply Called…. ” Indian Summer” !!! ENJOY!! :-)

    1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

      +1 trillion!

  10. Hugh says:

    Fall is my favorite time of year — beautiful leaves, cool nights, warmish days. Thank you people for helping me out on my underground bee problem. There’s a lot of nice Bill’s Bloggers out there. Whatever is to come will come. I will not waste my life theorizing on what could/would be. Happy days everyone :)

    1. SBPortage002 says:

      I think that October is the most beautiful month here in Michigan. When the leaves reach their peak color is just breathtaking. Oh and the cider and doughnuts are perfect then too.

      1. Jack says:

        I agree SB !! BTW… 1970′ s is My Favorite Decade ! Stay Cued. ….. ;)

      2. Brian(Grandville) says:

        I’ve taken a lot of nice photos while salmon fishing on the Muskegon in October in the morning, with the fog hovering over the river at sunrise.

        1. Jack says:

          I Love ” Fresh Salmon on The Grill” ……YUM..!!! Stay cued … ;-)

  11. michael g (SE GR) says:

    Grand Rapids at a whopping +0.3* for September through today. Another scorcher.

    1. Rocky (Rockford) says:


  12. kevin. w says:

    Wow Bill love the pictures keep it coming. Fantastic. Love it. I am seeing some nice summer weather coming the first week of October, maybe with some snow flakes. Gotta love summer.

    1. Rocky (Rockford) says:


  13. Jack says:

    BILL: Do You Have any ” Bills Blog T ~ Shirts” available ?? P.S. Where are We Going to have ” Bills Blog PARTY” !! Staying CUED…… ;-)

    1. Bill Steffen says:

      I don’t have any more shirts. Wish I did. Company policy is not to sell merchandise and especially not merchandise promoting an individual over the station in general. What they do provide (200+ shirts and the 3,000+ Bill’s mustaches are given away and not sold…and that can get expensive. I’m grateful to those of you who wear the shirts.

      Yeah, we’ve got to have a party somewhere, sometime. Any suggestions??

      1. whatBillwantstosaybutcant says:

        Bill, are you sure about this party? Can you even imagine the motley crew that would attend this “party”? Uncle Sparkee, Jack, Indyy, BDBC, Hell….me! You can count me in. One rule though, you have to guess each one of us. As far as suggestions, how about Ruth’s Chris, that will weed a few of them out……no pun intended Jack.

        1. Bill Steffen says:

          You sound like we should have an officer at the entrance checking for outstanding warrants! BDBC wouldn’t show. Reality would be disappointing. He’d consider the image he creates in anonymity to be better than reality. He tries to only hang with fellow elitists. I appreciate that so many people on the blog are free to be themselves and are not intimidated into “groupspeak” in order to avoid conflict or to try and be accepted.

          I’ve gone to Ruth’s Chris twice and both times someone else paid the bill!

      2. Jack says:

        The YARDof BRICKS, or Riverside Park ! I’m Sure are Always Available for Parties !! BTW.. There is a Party at The YARDofBRICKS ( Indy’s Place) This Saturday from 4 pm Til ??? Hope 2 See You There !! Also, Hope to see ya At Art-Prize FRYday ! LOL…. To wbwtsbc : I will Bring The WEED!!! Peace, and stay CUED!!! :-)

      3. Jack says:

        Another Suggestion, for a Family Friendly Party !!! Would Be at a LOCAL Apple Orchard, for a Bon Fire, and Cider and Doughnuts ! ;-)

        1. GunLakeDeb says:

          Now THAT sounds like fun!!

  14. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    Travis is a liar! He makes outrageous statements about warm weather and global warming. What a joke!

    1. arcturus says:

      Your incessant trolling is like a bad case of syphilis. A pity the forum encourages it … no ignore button, anonymity without accountability, and steadfast refusal from the admin to ban.

      Let the trolling continue, let the forum continue downhill.

      Next troll post below.

      1. Brian (Grandville) says:


      2. Barry in Zeeland says:

        Well said. People come here for cool bits of information or to share something, but he has never once contributed anything to further the blog. Every post of his is made to elicit some kind of hatred reply. Feel bad for the guy that he has nothing in life to do but troll.

      3. Travis (Oakland County) says:

        So much hate and the definition of trolling in every one of his posts. Without an ignore button, this blog has really gotten bad – lowest common denominator.

      4. yooper4021 says:

        Oh, come on now, let’s be fair. Rocky isn’t the only one who trolls around these parts. Here fishy, fishy, fishy….

      5. Wmi says:

        How ironic coming from a couple of people who troll for responses with their warm weather bias.

  15. Me :-) says:

    When will the Fall colors peek in the UP? Thank you :-)

  16. AlleganJoe says:

    I don’t like those pics….Looks Very Cold….Brrr….NOT looking forward to the cold air and snow. :( :(

  17. GunLakeDeb says:

    It’s hardly a surprise that Arapahoe is showing snow – they’re WAY up in nose-bleed altitude…LOL!!

    Ages ago, Hubby and I were stuck on the east side of the Continental Divide, because we were determined to cross Fall Creek Pass in Rocky Mountain Nat’l Park. And a raging blizzard just hung over the upper passes, keeping the roads closed for 4 days (or more – we finally gave up and drove a different route). The date?? August 12th!!!

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