NOAA: “El Nino Takes a Break in California” | No Storms & Warm Temps for 5-10 Days

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El Nino to take break. image: kirkwood
El Nino to take break. image: kirkwood

El Nino has been ravaging California since December with storms nearly every other day.  Now, El Nino has decided to take a well deserved break.

The coming days are going to be dry and hot with temps up to 10-15º above normal.

FOR SATURDAY, WE ARE EXPECTING TEMPERATURES TO JUMP SEVERAL
DEGREES HIGHER (PUSHING ABOVE 50 DEGREES IN MANY LOCATIONS) AS
WEAKER INVERSION CONDITIONS PREVAIL WITH MODERATE WEST-NORTHWEST
FLOW ALOFT AND LESS CLOUD COVER. - NOAA Reno, NV today

Highs will be in the 50s in Lake Tahoe next week.  Expect spring skiing in February in California next week.

LARGE RIDGE OF HIGH PRESSURE DEVELOPING ALONG THE WEST COAST THIS 
WEEKEND THROUGH MUCH OF NEXT WEEK. HUGE AREA OF 99+ PERCENTILE 
500 MB HEIGHTS! THIS WILL BLOCK BIG PRECIP PRODUCING STORMS FROM OUR REGION.
TEMPERATURES ALOFT/MOUNTAINS WILL WARM STEADILY EACH DAY. - NOAA Reno, NV today
image: noaa, today
image: noaa, today
Record heat coming to CA this month. image: noaa, today
Record heat coming to CA this month. image: noaa, today

After a January with well above normal precipitation, It appears the first portion of February will be mainly dry. High pressure building over the west coast will bring fair skies and well above normal temperatures over the next 7 to 10 days. The only real threat of precipitation looks like Friday night over the far north state as a weak weather system rides over the west coast ridge and into the Pacific Northwest. Near record high temperatures will be possible.” – NOAA Sacramento, CA today

The damage has already been done at California ski resorts with 5 ski resorts having received over 300″ of snowfall this winter already and Sugar Bowl having the 3rd largest snowfall total in North America and the Sierra Nevada sporting 114% of average snowpack.

California lakes and reservoirs are also doing great with Lake Tahoe only 11″ below its natural rim and Folsom Lake near it’s legal capacity.

Rest well, El Nino.  We’ll be here and ready for you when you get back.

CA snowpack numbers looking damn good right now!
CA snowpack numbers looking damn good right now!

TOP 5 CALIFORNIA SKI RESORT SNOWFALL TOTALS:

#1 = Sugar Bowl = 363″

#2 = Boreal = 317.5″

#3 = Sierra-at-Tahoe = 313″

#4 = Northstar = 308″

#5 = Kirkwood = 304″

image: noaa, today
image: noaa, feb 1st
image: noaa, today
image: noaa, feb 1st

CALIFORNIA SNOWPACK UPDATE as of FEB 2ND, 2016:

  • 120% of average in Northern Sierra

  • 116% of average in Centra Sierra (Tahoe/Mammoth)

  • 106% of average in Southern Sierra

  • 114% of average Statewide

image: noaa, today
All of the Sierra Nevada mountains are above average in the precip department this winter.  Lets hope it continues…  image: noaa, today
image: noaa, today
image: noaa, yesterday
image: nws, yesterday
image: nws, feb 2nd

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One thought on “NOAA: “El Nino Takes a Break in California” | No Storms & Warm Temps for 5-10 Days

  1. What a joke. Northstar over reports snowfall regularly and ends up 3rd on this list? Give me a break.

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