Deep Stats For Snowfall and Temperature
Pick a number that excites you. December and January are a statistical recipe for Cold Smoke. March and April offer Blue Sky Powder Pie.
20 Years Average Snowfall/Temperature
November 247 cm / -6.1°
December 273 cm / -9.4°
January 262 cm / -9.2°
February 207 cm / -7.2°
March 175 cm / -4.7°
April 104 cm / -1.0°
Old School Powder Predictors
Maybe you are asking is this the year? Is this the year for an epic heli-skiing holiday. Apparently mother nature has the answer. This fall go check on the trees, pigs, cows, birds and the bees to see if the powder is going to be eyeball deep or just up to your knees.
- Thicker than normal corn husks
- Woodpeckers sharing a tree
- Early arrival of the Snowy owl
- Early departure of geese and ducks
- Early migration of the Monarch butterfly
- Thick hair on the nape (back) of the cow’s neck
- Heavy and numerous fogs during August
- Raccoons with thick tails and bright bands
- Mice eating ravenously into the home
- Early arrival of crickets on the hearth
- Spiders spinning larger than usual webs and entering the house in great numbers
- Pigs gathering sticks
- Insects marching a bee line rather than meandering
- Early seclusion of bees within the hive
- Unusual abundance of acorns
- Muskrats burrowing holes high on the river hank
- “See how high the hornet’s nest, ‘twill tell how high the snow will rest”
- Narrow orange band in the middle of the Woollybear caterpillar warns of heavy snow
- The squirrel gathers nuts early to fortify against a hard winter
- Frequent halos or rings around sun or moon forecast numerous snow falls.
Powder Pigs: How To Pick a Powder Day from Pig Spleen’s
Gus stated “Environment Canada has thousands of dollars worth of weather instruments and all I have is a $2.00 pig spleen. I can compete with them and better their accuracy.”
Gus claimed 80-90% accuracy.
Legendary forecaster Gus Wickstrom
Gus, a man of Swedish descent who lived in this prairie province all of his life, was a weather forecaster. He predicted weather conditions six months in advance, yet his technology required no fancy equipment, no high-tech razzle-dazzle. All Gus needed was a barn and a farmhand or two standing by. . .because he predicted the weather by looking at a pig spleen.
Every 6 months or so, Gus slaughtered a pig, and in the frugal way of farm families, he found a way to use everything but the squeal, as they say. Gus closely scrutinized the spleen, using a method he learned from his father and Harold Pearson, a neighbor.
Gus divided the spleen into six areas, each representing 1 month. The top of the spleen (closest to the pig’s head) shows the current month. The bottom indicates the end of the upcoming six-month period. Where the spleen thickens, a change in the weather is indicated, usually pointing to a cold spell. Where there’s a pronounced bulge, expect even more inclement weather. Gus could even read wind and rain into the variations in the spleen.