After an epic December and January, “El Nada” has replaced El Nino in California this February.
This December and January saw storms and/or atmospheric rivers hitting California nearly every other day.
This February, we’ve seen nada, nothing, zilch.
The current culprit is high pressure that has settled onto the West Coast and is pushing all storms to our north into the PNW and B.C. This is very scary for Californians as this is the pattern we’ve been living in during the past 4 years of drought…
What’s worse is that there is nothing in forecast for California for the next 10 days.
What’s even worse is that record high temperatures are forecast today and more this week.
The good news is that back in 2010/11, during the ferocious La Nina that dropped record snow in Tahoe including 811″ at Squaw Valley, USA, California experienced 6 weeks of no snow at all from Jan. 1st – Feb. 15th.
Other good news is that NOAA thinks the snowpack will hold up fine.
“Don’t worry about the snowpack though! Most of it will still be there when temperatures trend back colder toward the middle/latter half of the month. Warm periods like this one are not that unusual for the Sierra and Great Basin” – NOAA Reno, NV on Feb. 6th
Hopefully, we’re just in a bit of a holding pattern before El Nino comes back and unleashes fury on CA!