NOAA recently released their long range temperature and precipitation forecasts for the month of May, 2014 in North America. The temperature forecast they’ve created is showing above average temperatures in much of the USA’s western ski country. Which is fine. If it’s going to be spring skiing, it might as well be warm and nice out. Although, in some places this could lead to it not freezing at night, which is key to proper corn formation. Specifically, all of Alaska and most all of the West is forecast to have above average temperatures in May. Below average temperatures are forecast for the North Central region of the USA including Montana.
NOAA’s precipitation forecast for the USA isn’t anything to get fired up about snow-wise. They’re only forecasting above average precipitation in Florida, the flattest state in the union. Below average precipitation is forecast in the Pacific Northwest and the panhandle of Alaska. This could equate to a great spring of skiing the volcanoes of the Pacific Northwest. Rainier, Adams, Shasta, Jefferson, The Sisters, Hood, St. Helen’s, Lassen, Three Fingered Jack… There’s a lot of great volcano skiing in the Pacific Northwest and this could be the year to get ’em done.