What Is The Current Long Range Forecast For This Winter?

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By By Steve Pool

SEATTLE - A lot of snow-lovers are already getting anxious for the upcoming snow season, and many are wondering what the long-range outlook is for this winter.

Our El Nino conditions -- the warming of the ocean waters that tends to mitigate snow and rain around here during the fall and winter -- from last winter has pretty much vanished. In its wake, climatologists say we're in store for a "neutral" winter, which means we aren't expecting either an El Nino or La Nina -- El Nino's opposite.

That means to expect a normal winter as opposed to precipitation and temperature. Interestingly enough, over the past 50 years, Seattle has averaged 15" of snow a year in El Nino years, 20" in La Nina years, and only 10" in Neutral years.

For More Information:

www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov

another link from noaa.gov

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