COLORADO — If your NFL team is touted as a top Super Bowl contender before the first aspen leaf begins to turn, would it be enough for you to book a hotel room in Super Bowl city? and look for tickets to the big game?
Most people wouldn’t because way too many variables can come into play by February. And that’s why meteorologist Joel Gratz, who specializes in Colorado mountain forecasting, places as much importance on long-range snow forecasts as he does on preseason Super Bowl ratings.
Gratz, founder of OpenSnow, a highly regarded weather forecasting and reporting service for skiing and snowboarding, believes that the only forecasts worth betting on are those that predict what will happen five to ten days from now. . Anything beyond that, even by highly skilled meteorologists with access to sophisticated computer models, is just educated guesswork as far as he is concerned.
“It’s like projecting who’s going to be in the Super Bowl at the start of the season,” Gratz said. “It doesn’t really matter, because you’re going to watch the games anyway, and you’re going to see a lot of surprising things happen. And maybe some things that you think can happen will actually happen.
Nevertheless, we are one week away from September, Labor Day ski sales are behind us, skiers and snowboarders are starting to dream of powder turns, and two or three ski areas are likely to produce snow by now. a month. Or so we can hope.
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