Further El Nino reading

Typhoon Melor - NASA ImageFall weather is forecast to hit the west coast with some vigor this week. The effects of the front should ripple accross the western states all week. From the forecast discussions, it sounds like the storm is the remnants of a typhoon from the West Pacific. Northern California is due to receive the brunt of the storm, but given its tropical origins, the temps and related snow levels are forecast to remain pretty high.

 

as per the NWS Tahoe area forecast…

 

MOISTURE FROM THE REMNANTS OF SUPER TYPHOON MELOR CONTINUES TO MOVE ACROSS THE NORTHERN PACIFIC OCEAN AND IS FORECAST TO REACH THE WEST COAST BY THIS EVENING. THIS MOISTURE WILL COMBINE WITH A POWERFUL JET STREAM TO DEVELOP A STRONG STORM THAT WILL MOVE THROUGH THE AREA. THIS STORM HAS THE POTENTIAL TO PRODUCE A SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF PRECIPITATION AND STRONG WINDS FOR INTERIOR NORTHERN CALIFORNIA.

 

I recently saw some more interesting discussions and stats related to the El Nino influence on the Pacific Northwest. Mark Moore, director of the Northwest Weather and Avalanche Center, wrote a discussion on El Nino influence back in 2007.  The article has some interesting precip charts and points readers to Amar Andalkar’s web site which offers additional data on historical snowdepth data.

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