Once again Frankie MacDonald has posted another of his famous YouTube videos about the weather. Many will view it.

You can see his latest weather warning in the video below.

This time it's about the first real snow to hit Wyoming as winter approaches in 2021. If Frankie is telling us to watch out. I'm listing. Frankie is NEVER wrong.

Not everybody is watching for the right reason. But that's okay. Allow me a moment to explain why I love watching Frankie MacDonald. 

He is an internet sensation.

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Frankie's condition causes him to inflect and express in an awkward way that causes a discomforting laugh from everyone who watches his videos. I'll admit that I can rarely watch a single one of his forecasts all the way through. Sometimes they can be hard to view. I'm sure there are many who watch and share his videos to make fun of him.

But that's not why I watch Frankie and I think there are many like me out there who watch him for an entirely different reason.

Yes, Frankie has an awkward disability. But he is also, obviously, a very sincere and nice guy with a passion. Frankie loves weather.

If Frankie had been born without his condition I have no doubt that he would be a professional weatherman. If you watch his YouTube videos you can see that passion play out. He's actually very knowledgeable.

In the video below you'll see Frankie warning Wyoming of an approaching weekend storm that may just shut the entire state down for a couple of days. It's easy to snicker at his delivery. But Frankie is quite serious, and his forecasting is also spot on.

Frankie MacDonald may never get paid as a professional for what he does, but as far as I am concerned he doesn't have to. He is perusing his dream, and people are tuning in.


A Refresher Course On How To Drive In The Wyoming Snow

By Drew Kerby

It happens at some point every year, the snow will start to fly, and eventually you'll have to go out and drive on the roads. Since the first snow of the year is coming, we thought it would be a good idea to give you a refresher course on how to handle your vehicle.

Since the last time is snowed, there have been teenagers get their licenses, folks have moved into the state from warm climates that haven't ever experienced Wyoming winters and some people just plain forget how to drive in the snow (for some people is takes a couple times driving in the snow to remember). Car and Driver have a great list of 12 tips for you remember before getting on the streets in snow.

These are the 5 most important of the 12 tips that can help you with your winter driving.

1. Drive Super Smoothly - smooth motions on the brakes, accelerator and steering wheel are key to good control and movements in the snow. C and D recommends pretending there is a hot cup of coffee in your lap, drive so you won't spill it.

2. Look far ahead - the slippier it gets, the further down the road you should look and be planning ahead. If you know you have a turn soon slow way down with plenty of time. Remember that stopping times will be longer in the snow/ice.

3. Watch your cars flashing dash lights - in most of the modern cars, there is a light the looks like a car with squiggly lines behind it. This light warns you that your driving wheels are (front wheels of front wheel drive and back wheels of rear wheel drive) are starting to slip and you should lay off the accelerator.

4. Look where you want to go - If you start to skid, look to the direction you want to be going, not the way you're going. The majority of the time, you're going to end up where you're looking.

5. Deal with the skids - Letting off the accelerator is a major factor of slowing your skidding. If you're in a front wheel drive car, letting off the accelerator should help you regain traction and then steer where you want to go. In a rear wheel drive, turn the steering wheel in the direction of the skid and let off the accelerator. Never slam on the breaks.

An engineer at Engineering Explained YouTube channel has explained driving in snow and ice with a scientific angle. It's really interesting to hear the actual reasoning and exact numbers you need to be aware of to be safe behind the wheel.

Jason Fenske is the Engineer explaining how your tires grip works with g-force. On dry road, there is about 1 G-force of grip around your tire and as the conditions change, so does the g-force.

G force of grip
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Jason also breaks down the oh so important "Stopping Distance". Obviously your car doesn't stop the same when the pavement is wet or snow and ice covered as it does when it's dry.

Stopping Distance
Engineering Explained via YouTube

He also describes how cornering changes during the different road conditions too.

Cornering Speed
Engineering Explained via YouTube

It's really important for your safety and the safety of your family and others around you that you pay attention. Here is the full video of Jason's explanations of each of these factors.

Winter Adventure In Wyoming

Snow Crushes Wheatland Wyoming Airplane Hangers

This row of hangars goes back many years. Some history was lost under a crush of snow.

March 21st, 2021. A record-breaking snowstorm had shut down most of Wyoming and was not yet done. Below is a gallery of photos as cleanup continues.

One of the small airports in Platte County, Wyoming is Phifer Airfield on Antelope Gap Road, east of Wheatland. Platte County has the Wheatland airport, along with one in Torrington and Guernsey. They were all shut down in the storm.

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