Updated: Sep 6, 2019
We know you're all wondering...will it be another epic winter season? Or will we experience a light La Nina winter season? Keep reading to find out!
Every year it's a common debate if it will be an El Nino or La Nina season. This is important because when it's an El Nino winter season, that means extreme amounts of snow are about to fall. When it's a La Nina season, it means it will be an average to light winter with little snowfall.
WHAT EXACTLY IS EL NINO AND LA NINA IN SCIENTIFIC TERMS? El Nina means, it's a periodic warming in sea-surface temperatures across the central and east-central equatorial Pacific. Creating warmer than average ocean temperatures. La Nina means, it's a periodic cooling in sea-surface temperatures across the central and east-central equatorial Pacific. Creating cooler than average ocean temperatures.
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO KNOW ABOUT? For those of us who love the snow and wish more would fall each and every year...we pray for an El Nino winter season. And those of us who like warmer dryer clients pray for a La Nina winter season. This not only effects snowy mountain areas, this also effects major cities and dessert locations by providing more or less rainfall than average. Moreover, with years of scientific research, scientist are now able to determine how strong an El Nino or La Nina winter season will be.
WHAT IS EL NINO CRITERIA? If the average sea surface temperatures of the equatorial Pacific Ocean were at least 0.5°C (0.9°F) warmer than average in the preceding month it is considered to be an El Nino winter season. Check out Steamboat Springs, CO current weather conditions here >>> https://www.nomadnessrentals.com/activities/steamboat/weather
WHAT IS LA NINA CRITERIA? If the average sea surface temperatures of the equatorial Pacific Ocean were at least 0.5°C (0.9°F) cooler than average in the preceding month it is considered to be a La Nina winter season. Check out Steamboat Springs, CO current road conditions here >>> https://www.nomadnessrentals.com/activities/steamboat/weather
WHAT ARE TYPICAL EL NINO WEATHER PATTERNS? During El Nino, the Pacific jet stream will move across the southern tier of the United States. The southern states tend to be cooler and wetter than average and the northern states becomes warmer and drier than average. Learn more about Mammoth Lakes, CA road and weather conditions here >>> https://www.nomadnessrentals.com/activities/mammoth/weather
WHAT ARE TYPICAL LA NINA WEATHER PATTERNS? During La Nina, the Pacific jet stream moves into the North Pacific. Southern and the middle of Alaska and the Pacific Northwest tend to be cooler and wetter than average and the southern states of U.S. tends to be warmer and drier than average.
WHAT TO EXPECT FOR THE 2019/2020 WINTER SEASON? On the second Thursday of each month, scientists with NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center at the International Research Institute for Climate and Society release an official update on the status of the El Nino prediction. You can now stay up to date, and understand the weather patterns of the upcoming winter season by simple viewing these charts and reading about the warmer or cooler ocean current. At this point in time, the 2019/2020 winter season is looking promising for it to be an El Nino winter season. Stay tuned each month to Nomadness Talks to learn more about the most recent update of the upcoming winter season weather patterns.
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