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.
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