wildly curious
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations

Secrets of the Greatest Snow on Earth

Eric Schultz vis CC/Flickr, http://bit.ly/1uZRYnH

It might not seem like it right now, but most years, Utah deserves its reputation as host-state to the best snow in the world. In a new book, local meteorologist and avid skier Jim Steenburgh investigates just what makes our powder so spectacular and the region’s weather so unique. Yes, the Great Salt Lake has something to do with it, but there’s much more to it than that, including something called “Golidlocks Storms.” Steenburgh joins us Thursday to divulge the secrets of the greatest snow on earth.

Jim Steenburgh is a professor of atmospheric science at the University of Utah. He maintains a blog about mountain weather and snowstorms called Wasatch Weather Weenies. His new book is called Secrets of the Greatest Snow on Earth: Weather, Climate Change, and Finding Deep Powder in Utah's Wasatch Mountains and Around the World [Amazon|Indiebound].

Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.