Short Range Forecast Discussion - Updated for Monday, July 27, 2015
Today we expect isolated showers and thunderstorms in the area at any time morning through evening, as an unusually strong late July low pressure system moves across Montana and Wyoming, initially adding some instability to the atmosphere and causing the T-storms/ showers, plus adding some gusty winds to the forecast. Tuesday looks mostly sunny, with breezy and drier conditions as that low retreats. Wednesday through the weekend continues mostly dry but warmer under a west flow aloft. CM
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7 day to 2 week+ forecast (since 1998) - We plan to bring this back in the fall, unless we receive interest in firing the longer range forecast back up, sooner.
The El Nino SST pattern is strong, right now, and it looks like we will see a VERY strong El Nino this fall and winter, possibly stronger than the 1997-1998 version, which is the strongest (in terms of SST anomaly) on record. This set-up would usually cause heavier rain and snow across California (mainly southern and central, possibly including Tahoe, but especially including Mountain High and Big Bear, as the epic 1997-1998 season can attest to) and the southwest US this winter. This would be a vast improvement for Tahoe-Mammoth. Southwest Colorado and northern New Mexico usually do well, including Taos Ski Valley, who had a great season in 2014-2015 with the weak El Nino(ish) anomaly. Aspen is in between, and we would say average snowfall should be expected at Aspen-Snowmass in 2015-2016. We will be posting a detailed outlook for Aspen-Snowmass, Squaw Valley/ Tahoe, Mountain High, and Taos Ski Valley in the coming months. We will be monitoring the progress of this right here, stay tuned... CM
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