Climate Prediction Center February to April will be warm and dry
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — After several months of forecasting increased odds of above-normal snowfall for the 2011-2012 winter season, NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center has shifted gears and has upped the odds for below-normal precipitation for February through April.
According to NOAA, La Niña has peaked at about half the strength of last winter, and hasn’t influenced the weather as expected, at least so far. While the last few weeks have seen a shift in the larger pattern, the jet stream is still staying mainly north of Colorado and not driving down from the Northwest with abundant moisture like last winter.
Check out NOAA’s snow analysis web page for animated maps of precipitation and snow cover.
The persistent position of the jet stream led to below-normal precipitation across large parts of Colorado the first part of the winter.
The next map, showing precipitation as a percentage of average between late December and late January.
Odds are better than even that above-normal temperatures will persist through late winter and early spring.
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