Feature image: Mitch Winton / Coast Mountain Photography
On April 14th 2016 the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced a an official “La Niña Watch” – this means they’ve officially predicted that we will soon be waving goodbye to El Niño and saying “hello snow” to La Niña over as we move into the winter months. So what does that mean and why are we so excited?
Whistler Blackcomb to expect higher than average snowfall in 2016.17
Immediately after NOAA made their announcement, On The Snow released their annual snow forecast for the 2016.17 winter season saying:
we’ll see the heaviest snow in the Pacific Northwest, northern Intermountain West, Great Lakes and possibly parts of the Northeast
On The Snow’s meteorologist, Chris Tommer, also named Whistler among the “biggest winners” for the 2016.17 season and forecast that La Niña will likely give a 15-25% bump to Whistler Blackcomb’s average snowfall.
El Niño & La Niña explained
If all this talk of El Niño and La Niña over the last few years has left your head spinning and looking for dry land, check out this greta video from NOAA.
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