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La Nina means a cold winter for Washington by Jeff Pohjola
Saturday, August 7th 2010, 10:03 AM GMT
Co2sceptic (Site Admin)
Think the weather's been nice this summer?

Enjoy it while you can, the winter forecast looks cold and wet.

It's a La Nina year, and that means more snow, cold, and wet weather this winter.

"La Nina basically means you get cooler water along the Pacific equatorial waters. You get a lot of northerly flow bringing storms down from the Gulf of Alaska. That's a colder trajectory out of the north. That means you get lower snow levels," says Meteorologist Danny Mercer.

The cold weather can have a big impact on the area. Mercer reminds us of the snowy winter we saw in 2008. "As you remember we did have a very cold year, we had low elevation snow. We had a lot of snow in the mountains,"

The beauty of La Nina is that it really only affects the wintertime, so there's still a few months of warm weather to enjoy.
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