El Nino or La Nina?
As always, each year during fall, snow junkies are glued to the weather channel. Waiting anxiously for the moment until someone releases the news that it’s going to be an El Nino or La Nina winter season.
If you know someone who is always traveling to ski the best snowy mountain, they’re probably always talking about how they have high hopes for an El Nino season. Maybe you don’t ski, are just starting out, or simply just want to understand what the heck all this Nino/Nina talk is about. I promise you it’s simpler than you think.
Every day the Climate Prediction Center studies the current oceanic jet stream to better understand if the ocean water temperatures will be warm or cool this time of year. This plays a huge role in determining if the winter season with be an El Nino or La Nina.
To put it in simple words, if the ocean temperatures are warmer than usual this means we’ll have a high chance of an El Nino, which translates to a ton of snow!! On the other hand, if the ocean temperatures are cooler than normal it’s a sign we might have a La Nina season, which means not much to barely any snow.
Furthermore, opensnow.com just released an article we have all been waiting for. They have announced a 70% chance of an El Nino! Plus it’s only August and the number are predicted to keep growing as the month’s progress.
For all the skiers and snowboarders this is a great sign for this upcoming winter season. Start planning your snowy vacation today, because as the numbers continue to climb more and more vacation rentals will start to book up.