Weather by Tim Kelley
Sunday April 13th, 2014 - 11:19 am
It was inevitable, a warm rainfall passing Jay Peak Report early this week is causing our snowpack to become ripe. A ripe snowpack is one that is no longer able to absorb rainfall, because the snow is saturated. Saturated, or Ripe, snow is much more vulnerable to flooding if warm wet weather occurs. Though we still have a few feet of snow in our higher elevations, the streams are breaking through down low. That means our boundless tree skiing is retreating upward. The trails are still covered for the most part from side to side. And tree skiing is not over, it's just shrinking.
The gusty south wind and warm air of our dry Monday, and wet Tuesday, changes dramatically with a serious Tuesday afternoon cold front. Rain will change to snow Tuesday night and keep going for 5-7 hours, that means 5-7 inches of summit snow (maybe down low too) for Wednesday Morning (have you noticed that it snows just about every Wednesday?). Cold windy weather will quickly calm down with sunshine and light wind for Wednesday afternoon. High pressure from Canada brings March like temperatures and beautiful classic spring skiing for Thursday and Friday. This should be great sugaring weather too, with cold nights and mild afternoons.
Our weekend weather looks interesting. After a bit warmer air and rain showers later Saturday, we may see enough cold and moisture for more snow Saturday night and Sunday. There are sings that we will receive more snow the second half of April than we did the first half. You see all that snow falling out west this week, it may be ours next week. Either way, there is still plenty of snow, and a cooler pattern is just around the corner.
Thanksgiving skiing was great, it seems fitting that Easter should be the same (with a lot deeper snowpack).
Who is Tim Kelley?
A native Cape Codder, Tim says "Dad taught me how to read Barometer, Mom taught me how to smile."
He learned to ski at Blue Hill near Boston 4 decades ago. But it was Burke Mountain Vermont where is was exposed to big mountain skiing while earning his B.S. in Meteorology at Lyndon State College, class of '87.
Tim has started his weather career at WMUR Manchester NH, then went to WLNE in Providence RI, before settling at his current TV gig, New England Cable News (NECN) in 1992. You can also see his surf and ski reports on SkiTheEast.net, Boardliving.com, and SurfSkiWeather.us.
He says "It's an honor to be part of The Jay Team, look for me in TIMbuktu!"