The August Fogs Are Here

The fogs of August are here.

For as slow as time seemed to go by in 2020, 2021 is flying by at a rapid pace. It seems like we were wrapping up the season just last week, and now we are prepping for a new one.

We have a few cobwebs we will have to shake out as we crank things back up, and the first reminder that the season is about here is always the August Fogs.

So what is the deal about August fog?

Mountain folklore places a special meaning on the number of foggy mornings in August as, according to folklore, “For every fog in August, there will be a snowfall during the subsequent winter season.”

We like putting our beans in one jar as we’ve even adapted that mountain tradition around the Ski Southeast offices.

Last year, we finished the month of August with 26 fogs – including 20 straight days at one point. In 2020, we had 15 August patches of fog at the Ski Southeast offices, but several locations broke into the 20’s.

Previous totals include:
August 2019 – 15
August 2018 – 22
August 2017 – 18
August 2016 – 21

Here is to hoping we get back in the 20s again this year.

So far, the month is off to a good start as we have two beans in the year through three days.

I will gladly take that batting average to start with.

There are some other “wise tales” that we will mention throughout the month, but we don’t rely on them as heavily.

Those include:

“If the first week in August is unusually warm, the coming winter will be snowy and long.”

“If a cold August follows a hot July, it foretells a winter hard and dry.”

There are plenty of more where those came from as well.

August 1 is always an exciting time for our team as it signals the start of our “unofficial” preseason to get things cranked up for the upcoming season.

We have some great things in the pipeline and I am excited for you guys to see them.

That does it for today, but until next time, #ThinkSnow and #ThinkFog!

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