If this next winter will be an El Nino winter, does that mean we won't see any lowland snow?

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by Jeff Renner

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Posted on August 9, 2012 at 6:19 PM

If this next winter will be an El Nino winter, does that mean we won't see any lowland snow?

The El Nino pattern leads to warmer sea surface temperatures, and milder and drier winters here in the Pacific Northwest. Evidence is pointing toward an El Nino pattern this coming autumn and winter. But that doesn't mean we won't have any lowland snow; it just means it will be less likely. Our last El Nino winter was 2009-2010. SEATAC only recorded trace amounts of snow; you might recall that's when the winter Olympics were held in and near Vancouver, and snowfall was below average in the mountains.

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