Hello and welcome to FutureSnow, I’m Mike Holm, I live in Kansas City and love to chase powder. Before I found out that the weather repeats, I would pick a date, make my reservations and hope there would be good snow–like spinning a roulette wheel, searching for powder.
One out of ten trips I would get lucky. Or I would pay triple the price to get a plane ticket to chase a storm three days out. Then, about ten years ago a local weather forecaster, Gary Lezak KSHB 41, explained that the weather cycles and repeats. I was skeptical, but the more I watched and followed his theory, I became convinced there was something to it. He would later write a peer-reviewed paper called Cycling Weather Patterns in the Northern Hemisphere.
He explained that every year in October, a new weather pattern sets up, becomes established, and cycles (repeats). A cycle length is the number of days in the cycle and that year’s cycle length was 48 days. Meaning what happened 48 days before, would return 48 days later. I knew that there was a large storm that occurred in December. So, I planned my trip 48 days later–it was like the same storm all over again. Powder!
More trips and years would follow. I hit powder about 70% of the time. I developed a passion for weather charts and started my own system for tracking snow conditions all over the US and Canada.
I like to travel and experience difference ski resorts. My favorites are Whistler, Big Sky, Mt Hood, Banff, Revelstoke, Jackson Hole, and Crystal. The Colorado resorts are my home base. Beaver Creek is my go-to resort with the kids.
I’ve been blogging since the fall of 2019. Thanks for visiting and I hope you enjoy our passion for weather–especially powder!