Is Colorado facing more drought?
By Bob Berwyn
FRISCO — Ullr, why has thou forsaken us?
If you’re holding out for more snow before heading out to make turns on the hill, you may want to reconsider. The outlook for the next 10 days is mostly dry and warm, with perhaps a chance of snow brushing the northern mountains Sunday night into Monday morning. Beyond that, another ridge will build into the Southwest, bringing more dry weather and a return to above normal temps for much of next week.
The official one month outlook from the NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center is still calling for equal chances of above- or below-average precipitation, but the odds are tilting more toward a dry winter overall, with an unusual big-picture weather setup that hasn’t been observed in the past 100 years — specifically, a double La Niña followed by an ENSO-neutral year.
That leaves meteorologists considering other factors, including a cold phase of a longer-term Pacific Ocean cycle (PDO) and warm temps across the northeastern Atlantic, a pattern that historically hasn’t favored Colorado with big snows.