Mt. Glory, WY: Weather Station Added to Aid Avalanche Forecasting

Dominic Gawel | BackcountryBackcountry
The new weather station on Mt. Glory, WY. Credit: WYDOT Avalanche District 3

The Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) and the Bridger-Teton Avalanche Center (BTAC) worked together to install a new weather station on top of 10,059′ Mt. Glory that will aid in avalanche forecasting. The weather station measures wind speed, which will add more baseline data to compare to other weather stations. This data will help in the avalanche forecasting process.

You can access the data from weather station measures on MesoWest. The location of the station was decided on by the WYDOT, Forest Service, and BTAC. The BTAC ideally wanted the station on the summit knob, but the Forest Service did not want it right on the summit for scenic views.

Mt. Glory, Wyoming. Credit: CalTopo

Brenden Cronin, a forecaster for WYDOT District 3, says:

“One of the biggest focuses with this installation is to share that information not only with Bridger-Teton Avalanche Center but the general public as well. A lot of that also stems to the fact that Mt. Glory and Teton Pass are incredibly high-use areas for backcountry skiing and snowboarding, and I think there’s kind of been a sentiment in the community for years that people want to know what’s going on as far as wind speeds up there.”

The WYDOT is also adding another weather station in Hoback Canyon, although the connection and communication with the station have been poor. 

An interpretative sign on the weather station. Credit: WYDOT Avalanche District 3

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