Forecast updated for Friday, March 7, 2014
Mostly sunny and milder conditions are expected all week under a ridge of high pressure. High pressure ridging aloft holds through the 10th (this weekend). Today looks a bit cooler with a resulting weak Santa Ana wind developing, and continuing into a cooler Saturday. Sunday and mainly Monday-Tuesday warm up again. Please be sure to log-in and favorite your resort forecasts so you save time. CM
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7 day to 2 week+ forecast (since 1998) - 12 to 22 March, 2014 - It looks like high pressure ridging aloft is dominant across the west, then between the 10th and 15th we start seeing Pacific storms move in with periods of snowfall across resort areas to the north and east as high pressure ridging continues across the southwest US and deflects storms). No snow is expected at SoCal resorts in this time frame. We will likely have to wait until after March 15th to see an unsettled pattern that affects southern California resort areas with a chance for snowfall, as storms start to cut a bit further south (still on track ~ Thu, 6 Mar). CM
Longer Range Outlook
As of now, February 2014, we are continuing to be affected by an ENSO-Neutral, or La Nada Sea Surface Temperature pattern across the Equatorial Eastern Pacific (SSTs near to slightly below average).
The larger time-scale SST pattern in place right now is a cool phase PDO, or negative PDO, which stands for Pacific Decadal Oscillation. This is a more long term pattern (decades), and it has made any recent years El Nino SST patterns weaker.
We expect the ENSO Neutral, or La Nada pattern to trend toward a very weak El Nino (not an actual El Nino, just moving out of the neutral pattern we are in) in February/ spring/ summer of 2014.
-->As the La Nada starts to wear off, being replaced by a very weak El Nino SST pattern, we could see a strengthening jet stream across the west and eastern Pacific, and increased moisture in general for late winter snow storms, moving in more directly off the Pacific as we go through March, and April, delivering better chances for snow to SoCal resorts. We will keep this outlook updated as more information becomes available. If you want to know when the snow is coming (and be able to set unlimited alerts for any resort), within 5 minutes or less of us (our our sources) entering the data into any of our forecasts, be sure to grab the app here
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