Change coming to California’s winter weather

by Alan Markow
Fri, Oct 08th 2010

Last winter’s bountiful snowfall in the Sierras pulled California out of its four-year drought and provided much-needed water to farms, homes and businesses.  This past summer was unusually cool and wet, bringing some changes in the growth pattern of vegetation.  So what’s on tap for the coming winter season? 

According to Tahoe Weather Geek, we can expect a mixed bag for the state, with a strong possibility of wet weather in the north but a dry year in the south.  The big question is, where is the demarcation line, and how much will it affect the Sierra snowpack? 

Mt. Shasta is far more likely to see heavy snow than the Sierras in Weather Geek’s long-term outlook. agrees that there will be more precip up north, but is prognosticating the storm line near or below Lake Tahoe, giving the Sierras a chance for another good winter.  Either way, Southern California is in for a dry spell and the resultant water restrictions.  The predictions are all based on a weather phenomenon known as La Nina, which is the polar opposite of last year’s El Nino phenomenon. 

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