By Jim Stanford on February 22, 2012
The storm that swept into Jackson Hole, raising temperatures from -6 on Monday to 41 degrees today, has claimed its first casualty.
The sudden thaw and blustery winds proved too much for the Paul Bunyan snow sculpture on the Town Square. Built by a Laramie team in the chamber’s Winterfest contest, the sculpture stood 12 feet tall. Here is what it looked like on Saturday.
There is some real Wyoming wind raging outside right now, gusting to 72 mph atop Rendezvous Mountain, according to JH Weather. Intermittent rain and sleet made for a dreary day of slush around town.
I’ve said this before, and probably written it here, too, but in my first five or six winters in Jackson Hole, we could count on one hand the total number of times it rained. Now it seems to rain five or six times every winter.
Lest light powder someday be an “American legend,” colder temperatures and continued snow are in the forecast, so better hop to it.