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Monday, June 24, 2013

Ma Nature Throws Another Curve

This has been a pretty amazing season. We started with what looked like a moderate El Nino which lead to an epic start of the season. Then the spigots were turned off, literally. Storms kept forming and approaching and dying. The weather turned warm and calm for much of the spring. Then summer showed up and the temps dropped off the table.

So what gives?

The simple answer is that nature is unpredictable. Even this time of year. Many years we struggle to get into our summer weather pattern. What makes this year different is the mild spring temperatures. Most readers thought Ma Nature was done until next fall.

Not so fast. We have a surprisingly strong storm just of the Northern California Coast that has some very wet and cool air associated with it. The actual low is just off the Southern BC coast. The cold front is moving into our area today and will bring rain, clouds, wind and cool temperatures for the next couple of days. Below is a map of current conditions and trends. The cold front is passing through right now and will be followed by moisture. Especially north of I-80. I expect some mountain snows above 9,000 feet. Remember you can click on the picture and get the full effect.


Our temps will recover very quickly. In fact we have quite a heat wave heading our way starting early next week. We will be back in the 90's by Friday. I guess what I am saying is enjoy this as we will move into our hot and dry summer pattern when this final storm passes.

Looking ahead, we will remain in a neutral ENSO for the remainder of the summer and what looks to be the remainder of 2013. That means we can possibly expect average temperatures and precipitation for the upcoming winter. But, it is much too early to get into any real discussion of what the next ski season may bring.

Stay Tuned ...

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