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Secrets of the greatest snow on earth: weather, climate change, and finding deep powder in Utah's Wasatch mountains and around the world




Steenburgh, Jim, author
Utah State University Press, publisher

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Snowriders in Utah have long claimed to have the best snow on Earth. Some contend that moisture from the Great Salt Lake fuels storms, while the western deserts dry out the snow to create light, magic flakes. In Secrets of the Greatest Snow on Earth, Jim Steenburgh investigates Wasatch weather lore, exposing the myths, explaining the reality, and revealing why Utah's powder lives up to its reputation. Chapters explore mountain weather, avalanches and snow safety, historical accounts of weather events and snow conditions, and the basics of weather and climate forecasting. Steenburgh explains what creates the best snow for skiing and snowboarding in accurate and accessible language and illustrates his points with 150 color photographs, making Secrets of the Greatest Snow on Earth a helpful tool for planning vacations and staying safe during mountain adventures. This insider's guide to the weather and climate of the Wasatch Mountains also serves as a guide to mountain weather and snow climates around the world. Snowriders, weather enthusiasts, meteorologists, students of snow science, and anyone else who dreams of deep powder and bluebird skies will want to get their mittens on Secrets of the Greatest Snow on Earth.--Provided by publisher.


Includes bibliographical references and index.

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Access is limited to the Adams State University, Colorado State University, Colorado State University Pueblo, Community College of Denver, Fort Lewis College, Metropolitan State University Denver, Regis University, University of Alaska Fairbanks, University of Colorado Boulder, University of Colorado Colorado Springs, University of Colorado Denver, University of Denver, University of Northern Colorado, University of Wyoming, Utah State University and Western Colorado University communities only.


Climatic changes
Global warming


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