- Created: Thursday, 22 August 2013 16:19
Joel Gratz, Meteorologist & Chief Powder Officer of opensnow.com a snow and weather site run by a network of regional skiing meteorologists, just posted a newsletter story with their predictions are for this upcoming winter. Unfortunately I can't find where the newsletter story is on their site so I've copied it verbatim here -- but do check out opensnow.com and their reports posted on our site all season. They have great info and hopefully they can help you find that bluebird day with 10" of new fresh powder. Hey also note that this prediction is probably more focused on the west.
PREDICTIONS FOR THE SEASON
Are we going to have a snowy winter? I bet that's the question on your mind. I dislike seasonal snow forecasts because they usually are 1) not very accurate, and 2) only tell us about the season as a whole, not which months will be best. That said, is there anything we can say about the upcoming season? Well, kinda. Water temperatures in the central Pacific Ocean are near normal (see graphic below) and should stay that way. This means no El Nino or La Nina, but instead "La Nada". I wrote a bit about what La Nada means for snowfall, and our Tahoe forecaster Bryan also discussed his initial thoughts. Less scientifically (but perhaps more interestingly), I heard that the mushroom crop in western Colorado is doing very well this summer, and that seems to precede a very good winter!