Skateboarder Steel Lowrey rides the rail at Swanny Park on a warm Tuesday afternoon, the last day for the foreseeable future that had a high under 60 degrees Fahrenheit. Friday and Saturday are expected to near 70 degrees with temperatures remaining in the low to high 60s through March 17, St. Patrick’s Day. Spring officially begins March 19.
A month of temperature inversion might have put people under a gloomy fog in the valley, but those who ventured out of it were rewarded with amazing photo opportunities, as this image local Rory Tyler captured Jan. 27 demonstrates. Tyler said the inversion topped out at about 6,000 feet in Old Castleton and stretched to the Book Cliffs. He stood where the Loop and Gateway roads intersect and looked to the north.
The U.S. Forest Service in partnership with the non-profit Utah Avalanche Center Moab will be holding their annual Backcountry 101, Introduction to Avalanches course Feb. 15-16.
Thursday’s snow will the last the Moab area will see… until Monday, Jan. 27, when rain or snow showers could once again hit the region.
Check the avalanche report for road conditions, plowing information and grooming updates at utahavalanchecenter.org/forecast/moab.
The Moab Mosquito Abatement District board announced it will not do any more fogging to eradicate the plague of aggressive nuisance mosquitoes that have descended on Grand County in June and continues to vex residents and tourists alike.
According to the Canyonlands Natural History Association newsletter, a large avalanche in March destroyed everything in its path on a section of the La Sal Mountains, as this photograph shows.
The Moab Mosquito Abatement District will fog along the sloughs in the Colorado River, the Matheson Wetlands Preserve and into Moab neighborhoods beginning at 9:15 p.m. Wednesday, June 26, after three traps were found to contain about 10,000 mosquitoes each earlier this week.
Burro Pass on the Whole Enchilada Trail in the La Sal Mountains is still under deep snow. According to the U.S. Forest Service, which posted this photo submitted to it by local hiker Gerrish Willis, the Burro Pass portion of the trail does not open to commercial shuttles until July 1 each year.
Snowpack in southeastern Utah at the end of April was a whopping 648% of normal this year, according to the May 1 report by the Natural Resources Conservation Service. Regular storms helped to maintain that snowpack throughout the winter and spring, and in April the precipitation average was 124%, which brought the seasonal accumulation in the October-to-April water year to 155% of average.
Many visitors’ favorite places on the Manti-La Sal National Forest will not be accessible this Memorial Day due to heavy snows and late thaw, according to the U.S. Forest Service.