Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Donde esta El Nino?

Posted By on Tue, Dec 7, 2010 at 9:04 AM

The short answer is that he's not here, but his barely 18-year-old little sister is instead, and she'll be crashing on the couch all winter. Thats right folks, we're in the infancy of another La Nina snow season. There is endless science behind how/why we see these weather patterns originating from the Pacific Ocean every few years but, in a nutshell, here is what La Nina means for Idaho:

*Cooler weather.
*More precipitation.

This should translate roughly into a great-to-awesome snow year for area ski resorts. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service, the Boise Basin is currently running at 128 percent of average annual year-to-date precipitation, with 114 percent of average snow water equivalent. After several years of lackluster winter play, it finally looks like we're on track for a full season of righteous turns and hot toddies.

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