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How about that El Nino?

post #1 of 16
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The current El Nino was supposed to result in a terrible season for the PNW, Interior BC and Alberta resorts.  Yet, Lake Louise is off to a good start.  So is Revelstoke, apparently.  I just checked the Revelstoke snow report and how this year's snowfall compares to previous years' and indeed, it compares favourably to previous years' snow totals as of this date.  

 

How does your season compare to a normal year thus far?

post #2 of 16

Been pretty bad here in the NE.

post #3 of 16

Doing better than previous few years so far in Tahoe, but have yet to see a big storm. Finally bought a season pass in hopes for a gnarly season this year... Hope it pans out!  

post #4 of 16

This early-season November stuff hasn't been courtesy of the Nino, and most of Tahoe is still behind historical average for rainfall and snow accumulation. It looks like a possible weather pattern change into a more winter-ish deal in a couple weeks, but typically El Nino shows its greatest effects from January-March, so we'll see.

post #5 of 16

Yeah, west coast has just lucked out the last month or so and east coast is paying the price for it. I wonder if there has ever been an early season that was good on both coasts? 

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Yeah, west coast has just lucked out the last month or so and east coast is paying the price for it. I wonder if there has ever been an early season that was good on both coasts? 

I think 2007-2008 was great to start off with on both coasts. That was an epic year

 

We are thin here. Same story, new year.  Gotten plenty of moisture, but at least 1/2 has fallen as the non-frozen kind. Sitting on a 2 foot base, which is behind where we normally would be.  Hoping for a change soon, supposed to be fairly warm again this week, more R-A-I-N

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I think 2007-2008 was great to start off with on both coasts. That was an epic year

 

We are thin here. Same story, new year.  Gotten plenty of moisture, but at least 1/2 has fallen as the non-frozen kind. Sitting on a 2 foot base, which is behind where we normally would be.  Hoping for a change soon, supposed to be fairly warm again this week, more R-A-I-N


Bend is high on our bucket list, because we are interested in a possible move to Oregon.  We are just waiting for a good winter to come check it out!

post #8 of 16

While it's much better in the Cascades than last year, it still needs to snow some more.  It's beginning to come in as I type this, so in a week or so the report may be somewhat different than today.

post #9 of 16

Several places in PA were open for Thanksgiving last year, and my first day was December 14th. Looks like it'll be a late December start at best this year. :(

post #10 of 16
Montana started great at the beginning of November but we've hit a dry spell. Big Sky is open but needs a lot of snow.
post #11 of 16

El Nino has been hammering San Diego for a while now. We've gotten rain every month for a year. That doesn't happen. Our reservoirs are fairly full, we have a desalinator coming online and a surplus of water. But we still have mandatory conservation and higher water bills for less delivered. 

 

There is no snow skiing in San Diego regardless. But our beaches are receding like in an El Nino.

 

I skied Squaw today. It's early for that but it's hard to assign that to El Nino.

 

Eric

post #12 of 16

Midwest is bad compared to last two years and it isn't looking good in the near future. Temps don't get low enough to make snow.

post #13 of 16

Tough start to the season here in the east.  A cold stretch in October allowed Killington to be the first resort to open in North America.  Then a warm up forced them to close after a week.  Another cold spell allowed reopening and some terrain expansion for Thanksgiving weekend.  Rain again today, then hopefully it gets cold again.  Basically zero natural snow so far.  Areas in the Catskills and Berkshires are going nowhere.

post #14 of 16
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BTW, I am in southern Quebec and it is raining here today.  No snow accumulation thus far.  November was as warm as I can remember November ever being.  So indeed, the outlook is not that good on the East Coast thus far. 

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BTW, I am in southern Quebec and it is raining here today.  No snow accumulation thus far.  November was as warm as I can remember November ever being.  So indeed, the outlook is not that good on the East Coast thus far. 

This was the warmest November on record in Vermont. Bleh. 

post #16 of 16
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 he current El Nino was supposed to result in a terrible season for the PNW, Interior BC and Alberta resorts. 

Not exactlly. Here in the PNW most El Nino years have been ~20% less snowy than usual, which is not great but not "terrible". In Whistler I've read that El Nino years have only about 10% less snow. There are more instances of rain. Last year, which was not an El Nino year, was terrible. No one is predicting we will have another terrible year like that. The effects of El Nino also don't kick in until January here, and El Nino years tend to have good early seasons, so so far this is as expected.

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