Is it typical that el nino, even a small one has such a large impact on the pacific northwest? I know it translates to warmer weather but this season seems especially brutal for both the coast and interior. The forecast was for below average precip with above average temp and that has certainly been the case.
For instance, Whitewater receives an average annual snowfall of 1200cm and has currently received only 418cm through November, December and January... with only 2 months and 2 weeks left in the season I can't see us coming even close to average.
Other sad amounts include Red with 296cm out of 760cm, Fernie with 351cm out of 875cm, Whistler with 393cm out of 1200cm ... On average we're over half way through our snow season with approx 1/3 of our average snowfall...
The other side of the story is intense warm weather systems breaking above freezing temperature to the summits of most ski resorts with rainfall followed by a prolonged deep freeze to create for some very crusty/icy surface layers on an almost clockwork cycle.
Is this typical for an El'Nino or has this been an exceptionally poor year due to bad luck or other factors? Or is it typical that most of the snow at these places falls through February and March during El'Nino? Last year the coast and kootenays started out poorly, but finished quite strong with a turn around in February.
Just thinking about the future and whether or not I should just skip el'nino ski seasons and go surf or mountain bike instead. 2009/2010, 2013/2014 and this season have been exceptionally poor, yet 2010/2011, 2011/2012 and 2012/2013 were awesome winters though I believe two of those were also La Nina, which typically brings more storms and cooler temperatures.