Posted by: pyeager | December 2, 2010

Snow Cover Map: Looking Like La Nina

By Paul Yeager, author of Weather Whys: Facts, Myths, and Oddities

You know how the old song goes, “It’s beginning to look a lot like La Nina. Everywhere you go…”

Ok, so it’s better that I’m a meteorologist than a song writer, but the current snow cover map (courtesy of Intellicast.com) shows snow cover that’s similar to what might be expected during an ongoing La Nina.

The Pacific Northwest and northern Rockies are full of snow already, including in the lower elevations, and snow cover extends across the northern Plains into parts of the Midwest, regions where storms are more likely to occur during a La Nina winter than some other winters.

The cold will extend farther to the south than during a typical La Nina during the next couple of weeks, but that might change during the heart of winter.

For now, though, just sing it with me, “It’s beginning to look a lot like La Nina. Everywhere you go. Take a look in the five and dime glistening once again with snowfall maps from the Pacific Northwest.”

Intellicast map showing current snow cover as of December 2, 2010

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