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La Nina: A bust thus far??

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I'm no climatologist/scientist, so I'm totally talking out my ass, but it seems to me, from a lay person's standpoint, that this year's La Nina is not living up to the pre-event hype. I'm feeling a bit cheated, as the news PROMISED a nuclear winter. The skiing has been decent but relatively unimpressive. C'mon man! The natives are getting restless.

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Agreed. I was just remarking this morning to a friend that it seems like a mild winter thus far.

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Sraight from my ass as well, but I heard that Nov/Dec were actually supposed to be moderate but Jan-Mar colder/wetter as the La Nina because the more dominant pattern.

 

High temps are dropping 15 degrees tonight. :-)

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rain at stevens yesterday. :(

 

seems like the weather pattern so far is to move from one temperature extreme to the next.

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Just a gut feeling but it seemed like there has actually been more snow than usual in central oregon the past few weeks and hood got dumped on for a solid string there. We're finally seeing sidewalks in town again. Reports from Baker haven't been so bad either... but certainly not epic chairlift tunneling stuff yet

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Snowpack depth peaks sometime in April, and like OMB said it's Jan-March that are supposed to be colder than normal.

 

Or you could head over to the UK where they just had the coldest December in 120 years...

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I was listening to Cliff Mass today and the word is we should start seeing some real cold this coming week.

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Over here on the east coast it's pretty sad. I don't feel as bad if it's not killer out there.

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The typical pattern for La Nina in the PNW is normal snowpack prior to January and then colder and wetter after. We'll see.

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BLAH nina....the brush has been fantastic so far...it makes me shudder to think that at some point we might have a real snowpack in which to do something with.

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I apologize for this I know this is NOT a kayaking site but this has been an EPIC whitewater winter season in western Wash. and recently in Leavenworth too, nonstop highwater levels !

 

Yes, unless we get lots more snow this springs runoff may be so so but it sure is nice now .

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I apologize for this I know this is NOT a kayaking site but this has been an EPIC whitewater winter season in western Wash. and recently in Leavenworth too, nonstop highwater levels !

 

Yes, unless we get lots more snow this springs runoff may be so so but it sure is nice now .

 

Cool! Thanks for the kayaking perspective. I was wondering if it was a good winter for you guys.

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Meanwhile, we've pretty much had three weeks of good weather in the mountains. Isn't everyone too exhausted to be worried about La Nina?

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In western MT the snow just keeps falling, to the point that I've been completely shut down getting to some ice routes in GNP and on the Divide that I'm working on. Snow level from Snotel sites and by personal observation is double that of last year. Avy danger has been high to severe since late December, and every time I think the pack is starting to consolidate, another storm comes through. We got another 4" in Missoula last night, and expect more on Tuesday. Epic lift-serve skiing, but the back country has been hands-off for those, like me, who shy away from avy danger. Mid-March looks like the earliest I'll be able to get back to the climbs. Those starved for snow should hop on I-90 and check out Snowbowl, Lost Trail, and Whitefish.

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