Updated Thursday, March 6, 2014 - A high pressure ridge holds across the recently rain and snow blasted southwest US. Expect a trend toward warmer weather disturbances moving through across the northwest US and northern Rocky Mountains (MT/ WY/ ID) through this week (with rain to high elevations and some flood watches across the northern Rocky Mountains), while the southwest US looks mostly sunny all this coming week (no change).
Please see the 1-2+ week long range outlook toward the bottom of this page.
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7 day to 2 week+ forecast (since 1998) - 12 to 22 March, 2014 - It looks like high pressure ridging aloft holds mostly dominant across the west again through Sunday. Between the 10th and 15th we start seeing some Pacific storms move in by riding up and over a southwest US high pressure ridge, and northern California/ Oregon/ Washington being on the north side of this ridge, we expect some showers at times all next week, but mostly higher than usual snow levels (not much of an issue for places like Jackson Hole, Big Sky). The northern Rocky Mountains including Montana will see colder air being dragged into these storms from out of the north, for lower snow levels than areas west of the divide, like northern Idaho and northeast Washington. After this time (after or just before the 15th), high pressure ridging over the southwest should break down, and stronger-more moist Pacific storms then move in affecting areas all across the west, including drought parched California again. CM
Longer Range Outlook
As of now, March 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 (almost a La Nina) to continue, and in the last 30 days we have seen more of a La Nina pattern develop with colder SST's along the eastern Equatorial Pacific and even the region 3.4 always referred to, though less so in 3.4. We are not seeing the trend toward El Nino yet.
Since we are seeing an actual cooling of the eastern Equatorial Pacific in the last month, and not much change in the 3.4 region, we expect this to not bode well for a shift out of a La Nada pattern, yet. If we start to see warming in the region mentioned, then we expect a potential strengthening jet stream across the Pacific, and increased moisture in general for Pacific storms as they move in more directly off the Pacific (we already got a taste of this with recent very strong but snow-level challenged storms). More of these may move in mainly after the 15th and affect all areas of the west, but for now these Pacific storms mainly affect the northwest US and northern Rocky Mountains, plus Colorado (as the southwest US ridge of high pressure continues, again next week). 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 download the app.
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