It’s official. NOAA has announced that the presence of La Nina conditions are 65-75% likely, which is a darn good statistic for anyone planning on skiing or riding in the Northwestern U.S., Alaska or British Columbia in the 2017-18 season. Plus, chances of La Nina conditions persisting through April 2018 are more than 50% likely, according to a Nov. 9, 2017 NOAA report.
What is La Nina?
La Nina, is the cooling of the ocean of more than 0.5°C (or 1°F), causes the jet stream to take a more northern track from the Pacific Ocean towards the U.S. This increases the chance of snow across the Pacific Northwest, and also can decrease snowfall across southern states.
For more info about La Nina, read: Unofficial Network’s NOAA: La Nina Moves In For the Winter→
Which ski resorts are favored by La Nina?
For the powder hungry, we comprised a list of resorts which typically receive more than normal snowfall during La Nina years. Scroll to learn more.
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