Saturday, August 16, 2014

An El Nino Winter?

   An El Nino Winter – what would that mean for the season ahead?

Posted: 8/14/2014 12:17:54 PM by Richard Smith@Ski Lifts

There is growing chatter that we could be about to head into an El Nino year and this is particularly prevalent on ski forums, where people hypothesise about what that might mean for the winter ahead.

El Nino and La Nina

An El Nino event (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/El_Ni%C3%B1o) is basically caused by warm ocean waters forming in the Pacific, which then sets of a chain of events which can cause significant changes to global weather patterns. Obviously the more noticeable effects occur the closer you are to the Pacific and then gradually reduce the further away you get, but there are plenty of theories that there can be some noticeable effects on the ski season.



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