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As high pressure built a semipermanent home over the western United States during the first couple of weeks in August, temperatures rose, as they often do this time of year. Very warm weather and little to no precipitation resulted in a rapidly developing and dangerous fire season.

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After a cooler-than-normal June in Jackson Hole, I optimistically floated the idea of seeing a warmer July. That was based on the outlook issued in mid-May by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center, which foretold a warmer-than-normal summer for our region.

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We went almost three weeks in July without any measurable precipitation in Jackson. And then last Wednesday night we received almost one-tenth of an inch of rain in town, along with a few thunderstorms. That was courtesy of the summer monsoon.

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During the 14 summers I spent as a ranger in Grand Teton National Park — patrolling the backcountry, climbing the peaks and going out on rescues, often during pretty horrendous weather conditions — I had the opportunity to get up close and personal with lightning. Perhaps more times than I s…

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Spending the entire month of May in Jackson Hole would normally provide you with an opportunity to experience a variety of weather conditions. Cold, warm, rain and snow are all part of normal May weather here.

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Sir Francis Beaufort had great observational weather skills. After years of sailing the world's oceans, Sir Francis put together a scale by which one could communicate how strong the wind was blowing, based on the condition of the sea. 

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You have probably heard the old saying that Jackson Hole gets nine months of winter and three months of bad skiing (substitute: boarding or sledding here). Some years that is very true, as winter weather can start in September and last until June.

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It almost seems inappropriate this year to be talking about having spring fever — you know, the fever that follows the cabin fever that we’ve had all winter.