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Will El Niño Cause More Avalanches in Colorado This Winter?

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It’s an El Niño winter — when weak trade winds in the Pacific Ocean make the northern United States drier and the Southeastern ones wetter. But what does that mean for Colorado?

Last month, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center released its outlook for December, January and February, with precipitation across the Centennial State expected to be slightly above normal and temperatures to have an equal chance of being above or below normal in the western part of the state, and likely near normal in the eastern half.

“Our tools, including dynamical statistical models of climate and the expected impacts from El Niño over your state, had a bit of conflict,” says Johnna Infanti, a meteorologist with the NOAA Climate Prediction Center….

Catie Cheshire

2023-12-08 08:00:00

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