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Early coolness a predictor of snowy winter by Michelle Boss
Saturday, September 4th 2010, 10:05 AM GMT
Co2sceptic (Site Admin)
My husband wants us to purchase a snowblower.

Normally, one wouldn’t be thinking about such purchases during the last month of summer, but a few events have pushed the idea to the forefront.

As I have mentioned in previous columns, the waters in the equatorial Pacific Ocean have cooled, marking the beginnings of La Niña. I know I don’t have to remind anyone about the La Niña winters of 2007-’08 and 2008-’09.

Secondly, on the last day of August, numerous records were broken because of the unseasonably cold weather. High temperatures in the low 60s broke the record for “coldest high temperature” in both Wenatchee and Ephrata, Wash. At the Mullan Pass weather station (elevation 6,100 feet), the high was only 45 degrees! Spokane and Coeur d’Alene also saw afternoon temperatures around 15 degrees below normal, with highs only in the lower 60s.

Finally, a preview of winter weather came early at the summit of Big Mountain in Whitefish, Mont., (elevation 6,817 feet), which received three inches of snow last Sunday. Of course, incidents like these – and even La Niña conditions – don’t necessarily point to another record breaking winter season, but it’s likely that we’ll see above normal amounts of snow.

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