• La Nina may come back this winter after all

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    Forecasters from the Climate Prediction Center say La Nina may come back this winter after all.   

    KIRO 7 Meteorologist Nick Allard says that lately the numbers were pointing to a more Neutral Winter, which basically means it isn't El Nino or La Nina. Neutral Winters can still produce active storm seasons, and some of our bigger storms recently have come in Neutral years.

    Now the data is pointing toward a La Nina year which for our area means cooler and wetter conditions – and that's great news for Ski Resorts.  

    NOAA: ENSO-Neutral conditions were observed during September, with negative sea surface temperatures (SSTs) anomalies expanding across the eastern equatorial Pacific Ocean by early October
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    >> Read the latest NOAA discussion here 

    Does this mean it will happen and does this mean we'll see more lowland snow?  No to both.  

    First, statistically there is a 70 percent chance that we'll see La Nina conditions forming this fall which means it may not happen.

    Nick Allard said that secondly, a cooler and wetter season does not for sure mean more lowland snow events … possibly it increases our chances?

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