King5: Digital tool shows Pacific Northwest snow depth, past and present

King5: Digital tool shows Pacific Northwest snow depth, past and present. “Weather professionals and outdoor recreationists now have a new tool they can use to compare current and historical snow depths at nine different sites in the Pacific Northwest. The new interactive website lets users compare measurements from nine monitoring sites in Washington and two in Oregon. It allows the user to compare the differences in mountain snow depth from one season to the next and create a graphic of their results.”

New York Times: Children Love Snow Days. The Pandemic May End Them Forever.

New York Times: Children Love Snow Days. The Pandemic May End Them Forever.. “‘Snow day.’ These two words have charmed New York children for generations, conjuring thoughts of sledding down Central Park’s Pilgrim Hill or building snowmen at Forest Park in Queens; of strapping on ice skates and heating up hot chocolate. But as school districts adapt to the pandemic by moving classes online, the ability to teach and learn remotely could make the beloved snow day a thing of the past.”

Powder: New Snow Science Database Needs Your Data

Powder: New Snow Science Database Needs Your Data. “When David Hill, a backcountry skier and professor of civil engineering at Oregon State University, rolls up to a trailhead to find a crowded parking lot, he looks on the bright side. Each of those skiers represents an opportunity to bring home valuable data that environmental scientists need, but have difficulty gathering.”

Ars Technica: Google Fiber outage leaves KC customers offline two weeks after storm

Eeesh. From Ars Technica: Google Fiber outage leaves KC customers offline two weeks after storm. “More than two weeks after a snowstorm hit Kansas City, Google Fiber still hasn’t restored Internet service to all customers. There were still dozens of Google Fiber customers without home Internet service, a KCUR article published yesterday said. The outage has continued since the storm on January 11 and 12.”

Digital Trends: SnowSearch wants to be your one-stop shop for booking ski trips

Digital Trends: SnowSearch wants to be your one-stop shop for booking ski trips. “Planning the perfect skiing or snowboarding trip can get very complicated. Not only do you need to organize transportation to and from the destination, but you also have to book accommodations at a resort, purchase lift tickets, and figure out how to get all of your gear safely to the hill. That can lead to a lot of moving parts to keep organized, making the entire process a bigger hassle than it needs to be. But a new website promises to make it easier than ever to plan your winter escapes this year, serving as a one-stop-shop for making the ultimate ski vacation a reality.”

Libraries and Archives Canada Puts Up Snowshoe Image Collection on Flickr

Now this is what I call a specific collection. Libraries and Archives Canada has put up a collection of snowshoe images on Flickr. That’s photos, paintings, etc. It’s less than 100 pictures but how many images of snowshoes do YOU have? From the blog post: “Traditional snowshoes are made with wooden frames and leather strips for webbing and boot bindings. Modern equivalents use metal or synthetic materials, but follow similar design characteristics to their predecessors. Early snowshoe design in North America spans the continent where regular snowfall occurs. The shapes and sizes vary dependent on the location. Snowshoes are available in round, triangular, and oval shapes, or can be very long. Each design addresses different types of snow, whether powdery, wet or icy. First Nations and Inuit communities are known for their design and use of snowshoes.”

New Site Tracks Colorado’s Snow Plows

The winter of 2015-2016 will stand out in my mind as The Winter of Snowplow Tracking. The state of Colorado has launched a new site for tracking snow plows. “The website features a statewide map with the locations of all of CDOT’s plows, which are outfitted with automated vehicle locator systems – or geolocators – that allow CDOT to track the plows on their routes around the state. On the map, users can click on the image of the plow and look at its current or average speeds and its direction of travel.”

In Development: Online Archive of Historical Glacier Photos

In development: an online archive of historical glacier photos. “The $148,586 grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) to the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) and the University of Colorado Boulder Libraries will support a team that will digitize about 9,000 images, dating back to the 1850s. They will also prepare descriptions of each image to facilitate searches.”