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No 'snow horse' on mountain side this year

Article Published 06/01/2015

Forgot spotting Layton’s seasonal sentinel – the “snow horse” – this year on the Wasatch Mountain side.
Thanks to light snowfall last winter, the snow horse didn’t make an appearance at all this year.
That’s not unheard of, as the snow horse also didn’t appear at all back in the spring of 2007. Still, it is a rare year not to see it and certainly another sign that there is a drought underway.
The snow horse is a prominent spring-early summer feature and has been recognized as a seasonal landmark since pioneer times. Pioneer legend says that if any part of the snow horse is still visible by the Fourth of July, there'll be plenty of water in the valley all summer.
Another variation of the legend is that tender crops should not be planted until the snow horse is clearly spotted, because it's a sign there will be no more frost.
The snow horse is located at about 8,500 feet above sea level on appropriately named Snow Horse Ridge, east of the Layton-Kaysville border.
A photograph of a typical looking snow horse on the mountain hangs in the lobby of Layton City Hall.