20220727 b mountain weather

Most lightning casualties are a result of the ground current radiating out from a strike.

There we were, my climbing partner Renny and I, on the north face of the Middle Teton, a pitch and a half below the summit. That’s when the big cumulus clouds started to come into our view, off to east on the other side of Jackson Hole.

At first glance I wasn’t too worried. As I told Renny, “In the western United States, most thunderstorms track from west to east.”

Jim is the chief meteorologist at mountainweather.com and has been forecasting the weather in Jackson Hole and the Teton Range for over 30 years.

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