Mid October update........
We creep closer to Winter with lots of things to get done yet..........Ski Swap on November 3rd is just around the corner. We just did complete one of our more fun projects for the upcoming season. The south patio has been completely re-done with an awesome deck built into the hillside. The patio has Geo-thermal piping incorporated into the pour which will keep it ice-free all winter long. A big thanks goes to Greg Dahl and his crew for putting the finishing touch to a great looking project
Now, let's take a look at winter weather forecast updates
. I have been accused and rightfully so of focusing my blog way too much on weather and the details behind the forecasts. Way too boring I am told. I still have to share my weather focus with you, but I will keep it on the more abbreviated side. So here are thumbnail sketches of latest info.
-Puts us on the edge of colder and snowier than normal!
Old Farmer's Almanac
-Winter will be quite different than last year. I am liking that. Their map puts us in the Mild, Dry category. Interesting, sounds a lot like last year???
-Predicts less snowfall than normal and slightly warmer than normal, but nothing like last year.
Update form Craig at SnowDay
- Yes he has made some changes already. One thing that has had an effect on the weather before is the solar
cycle, typically with increased solar activity there would be a tendency
for the NAO/AO to go more positive(like last year), and right now we are supposedly in
a peak stage in the solar cycle, but what is very unique about this
cycle is that it is probably the quietest solar max in quite some time,
so its effect on temps should be minimal. El Nino is slowly losing it’s grasp on the world and Global
climate models have it slipping to a neutral state for this winter. That will have an effect on this
winter with the southern jet stream not being as active as once thought. It appears the cold air will resemble 2009 winter, but it will not be as harsh . As earlier mentioned the Alberta Clipper will play a big role
in the winter with several of these quick hitting snow systems to lay a
path of snow across our area this
winter. The low pressure system that will be cut off from the main flow
in California will merge with the jet stream and colder air a few times
this winter equating to a couple good winter storm systems for our region. Oops, getting bogged down in boring details again. Bottom line is above average snow and below averages temps expected.