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Washington Climatologist Already Foresees Warm Winter
A strengthening El Nino suggests Washington will have another warm winter, possibly deepening the state’s drought, State Climatologist Nick Bond said Monday. “The odds are for a warmer and drier winter overall,” he said. “And a lower than normal snowpack at the end of it.”
El Niño? Yes. Gully-Washing Winter? Well, Maybe
Like a magical chant, we’re saying: “Hope rises for a strong El Niño.” Again and again. Last year, we hoped for it. Big time. In 2013, there was no Niño, but we were hoping with gusto in 2012.
Predicting El Niño Then and Now
There has been a lot of excitement this past year about the development of El Niño-like conditions in the tropical Pacific. From the available observations and current seasonal forecast models, NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center predicted beginning in March 2014 that it was on its way.
El Nino and warm water 'blob' affecting Northwest weather
The National Climate Prediction Center says a weak El Nino should be with us through December at least. El Nino has the effect of keeping the fall and winter climate in the Pacific Northwest warmer and drier than normal.
What has Happened to El Nino?
At the start of 2014 meteorologists warned of a possible El Nino event this year. The portents were persuasive – a warming of the central Pacific much like that which preceded the powerful El Nino event of 1997.