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El Niño

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Apparently this is to be an El Niño season - https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-45471409

Normally means a mild and less snowy winter for north America - it'll probably just hose down with rain in the likes of Whistler then - and less certain what it means for Europe. If I remember right the last one got off to a poor start but recovered well.

What do you snow weather gods/boffins know?
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Phrase that pays is "it depends". If all that warm wet air comes in off the Pacific and runs into a big cold front coming down from the North then you'll get a huge amount of snow. The record years for snowfall in NA tend to be El Nino years iirc. No cold front then you can expect rain.
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Since the 80s average snow for whistler in el nino years is over 11m. The worst el nino year for snow was 2004/2005 season they got 6.85m, even though this was considered a weak el nino. Strong el nino years they seem to have average or above average snow fall (8.86m, 10m, 12m in 82/83, 97/98, 02/03 respectively).

I wouldn't be too concerned.
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Gav's weather vid channel has been skeptical whether El Nino will get going this season, due to the current cold SST anomalies near South America. Seems the models, especially CFSv2, have been over cooking it all summer. Latest downgrades below. So at the moment looks like a weak signal by end of year.



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