Weather information outlets are beginning to corroborate about the “ski resort section” of the Andes in South America receiving above average precipitation this southern hemisphere winter. Specifically, we are talking about the Southern Andes mountains where all the best ski resorts in South America live. In the above map, that “ski resort section” of the Andes is the southwestern part of South America that is colored in the green that correlates to “Turning Wet”.
NOAA already published information saying that they expect the southern Andes to get above average precipitation and now, Acuuweather is chiming in:
Needed Rain & Mountain Snow Return to Chile/Argentina
The mountain snow is expected to increase during July and August, allowing for a much-improved ski season for the resorts central Chile [and Argentina].
Since the start of the year, only 5.6 mm (0.22 of an inch) of rain have fallen in Santiago, a mere 7 percent of the normal.
“During the strong El Niño of 1997, Santiago received 142 percent of normal precipitation during the months of June, July and August and even though the most significant rains will be delayed, similar rainfall totals are possible this year,” Nicholls said.