Dust Storms Threaten Snow Packs—Old story from 06 from snow friend Dr. Tom Painter about the San Juan Dust on Snow Study

The town of Telluride, Colo., stretches out beneath Painter as he stands atop a 13,500-foot peak. Beyond the town is the Colorado Plateau, the source of most of the dust that lands in the Rockies. The Colorado Rockies have been blasted by six dust storms since last December. That’s the worst it has been in … Continue reading Dust Storms Threaten Snow Packs—Old story from 06 from snow friend Dr. Tom Painter about the San Juan Dust on Snow Study

When Snowpack Is The Concern, Science Keeps A Wary Eye Out For Dust ~ BY GRACE HOOD APR 3, 2018 ~ Colorado Public Radio

  ~~~  LISTEN/WATCH  ~~~ Researchers are watching this year’s mountain snowpack. It’s important work as Colorado falls deeper into drought. Jeff Derry, executive director of the Center for Snow and Avalanche Studies, tracks the amount of dust deposited on snow across the state. He and his assistants snowshoe and ski to 11 high country sites … Continue reading When Snowpack Is The Concern, Science Keeps A Wary Eye Out For Dust ~ BY GRACE HOOD APR 3, 2018 ~ Colorado Public Radio

If Algae Clings to Snow on This Volcano, Can It Grow on Other Desolate Worlds?

Scientists were surprised to find something living on the sterile heights of this Chilean volcano. Lara Vimercati and Jack Darcy, two graduate students, at the edge of a penitente field on a Chilean volcano where researchers unexpectedly found algae.  Credit Steven K. Schmidt By JoAnna Klein     July 15, 2019In Chile’s Atacama Desert, Volcan Llullaillaco … Continue reading If Algae Clings to Snow on This Volcano, Can It Grow on Other Desolate Worlds?

How a snowflake gets its shape ~ The Washington Post

~~~  HOW SNOWFLAKES FORM  ~~~ By Matthew Cappucci December 26 It starts very high in the sky, where temperatures are always well below freezing. One molecule of water adheres to a tiny ice crystal, and then another. They pile on in the shape of hexagons until, eventually, the snowflake is so heavy it falls to … Continue reading How a snowflake gets its shape ~ The Washington Post

Northwest China is covered in ‘yellow snow,’ but don’t blame the dogs ~ The Washington Post

The desert dust storm phenomenon is also is a problem in the San Juan mountains of southwest Colorado when the dry and becoming dryer deserts of SE Utah and N. Arizona blow into our region.  The dust particles become the condensation/freezing nuclei which become snow crystals and fall as orange or red colored snow.  Check … Continue reading Northwest China is covered in ‘yellow snow,’ but don’t blame the dogs ~ The Washington Post

Colorado’s snow season is starting off strong. These satellite photos tell the story.

    There’s good reason to believe it will be a solid snow year in Colorado Jesse Paul@jesseapaul The Colorado Sun —   Colorado’s snow season is starting off strong, giving the state’s drought-parched agricultural industry high hopes for a quenching runoff come spring. “Definitely been a good start here,” said Russell Danielson, a meteorologist … Continue reading Colorado’s snow season is starting off strong. These satellite photos tell the story.

snow dance/roll

MERRIT KENNEDY Washington, D.C., got its first snowfall of the season this week. And at Smithsonian’s National Zoo, at least one animal was really, really excited about it. It’s Friday, and we could probably all use this video of a young giant panda named Bei Bei just having the best time. The three-year-old male somersaults … Continue reading snow dance/roll

The Rocky Mountains Have A Dust Problem ~ ‘especially the SW mountains of Colorado’ NPR

Jeff Derry, director of the Colorado-based Center for Snow and Avalanche Studies, digs a snow pit at the Swamp Angel monitoring site in the San Juan Mountains. Luke Runyon/KUNC   A menace lurks beneath the snow high up in the southern Rocky Mountains: Dust. Lots and lots of dust. This dust speeds up spring water … Continue reading The Rocky Mountains Have A Dust Problem ~ ‘especially the SW mountains of Colorado’ NPR

Kiitellä Medals: Aspen Snowmass Audi Power of Four Ski Mountaineering

This Saturday: 24 Miles. 10K Vertical Rise. Pure FUN for the hard-core… The annual Audi Power of Four Ski Mountaineering race at Aspen Snowmass. And shiny Kiitellä medals await the podium finishers. Note—first place medals pay tribute to the classic ski pole basket with a welded metal ring and riveted leather loops. Kiitellä’s process includes … Continue reading Kiitellä Medals: Aspen Snowmass Audi Power of Four Ski Mountaineering