I've skied with Northern Escape Heliskiing three times. Love that place.
John is a friend of mine. I asked about el Nino predictions for this year. Here is what he had to say (reprinted with his permission):
Usually an El Niño event splits the Jet stream with one arm of it flowing more south that usual. This brings heavy precipitation to California and South Colorado/New Mexico. The North arm usually heads right toward us and brings heavy precip. The Pacific NW and Interior BC are usually left with drier conditions with most precip following the jet streams.
2 years ago we had a weak El Niño and we didn't get the North arm and as such the arctic High slumped down and we had a very cold, coldest I can remember, and dry winter. Last year the El Niño was combined with the "pacific oscillation" and we had the moisture, but it was the warmest winter on record so we had difficult conditions below treeline as did pretty much all of BC.
This year's El Niño is set to be very strong and seems to be following a more normal trend. It's been the wettest summer ever in New Mexico and Terrace has also been cold and wet for nearly a month now, while the Pacific NW and the Interior of BC are experiencing a dry heat wave...
Sound good to me!
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