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NASA: 2012 Was a Bad Snow Year

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This is not an Onion article!  ;-)

 

It’s official: This winter was a bad snow year. Not that we really needed NASA to tell us this, but alas, a report comparing last year’s plentiful powder with this winter’s sad snowfall amounts blames the mild winter on a La Niña pattern that pushed the precipitation northward. That was compounded by something called an Arctic Oscillation, a strong one in this case, that kept all that cold air circling the North Pole rather than drifting down to more southerly latitudes.

 

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Originally Posted by jc-ski View Post

This is not an Onion article!  ;-)

 

It’s official: This winter was a bad snow year. Not that we really needed NASA to tell us this, but alas, a report comparing last year’s plentiful powder with this winter’s sad snowfall amounts blames the mild winter on a La Niña pattern that pushed the precipitation northward. That was compounded by something called an Arctic Oscillation, a strong one in this case, that kept all that cold air circling the North Pole rather than drifting down to more southerly latitudes.

 

Link to whole article


I guess NASA doesn't pay attention to the NW.

 

post #3 of 6

The PNW did fine, especially late in the season.  Even Tahoe and Utah made up some ground, but that blocking high that affected most of the winter, kept storms far to the north of most of the majority of U.S. skiing.  It was surprising to me to see Taos off to a good start this season as we sat baking under clear skies. 

 

Once winter arrived in California March 1, it totally ended in the East.  On of the most dramatic turn-arounds I have ever seen.

post #4 of 6

Not disagreeing with the findings.. but..  this is what NASA does now that there is no more US Space Program?  OK Whatever..th_dunno-1[1].gif 

post #5 of 6

No s ***. Forecasters are very good at short term forecasts (in the Tahoe area Reno NWS has been spot on all season) and in explaining long term weather patterns--after the fact.  As far as long term forecasting--fuggedaboutit.

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Not disagreeing with the findings.. but..  this is what NASA does now that there is no more US Space Program?  OK Whatever..th_dunno-1[1].gif 



No more shuttle program. NASA is very much alive and kicking.
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