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To the average person, the weather this winter, especially in February, has certainly been a departure from those winters of the past few years. There has been record snowfall in the mid-Atlantic region, bitter cold in the Deep South, and remarkably mild weather for the Pacific Northwest and New England.
January 5, 2010--State climatologist says 2009 cooler, wetter cap to hot, dry decade (Fort Collins Coloradoan)
Last year wasn't necessarily a record breaker. Instead, it was a cooler and wetter cap to an otherwise hot and dry decade."We have our ups and downs, and we finally got an up in this decade," Colorado State Climatologist Nolan Doesken said.
A moderate La Nina is expected to continue through spring, bringing wet conditions to the northern Rockies and continued dryness to the Southeast, government climate experts said Thursday. La Nina is a cooling of the tropical Pacific Ocean that can cause changes in weather patterns around the world.
Across the United States, the number of severe rainfalls and heavy snows has grown significantly in the last half-century, with the greatest increases in New England and the Middle Atlantic region, according to a report released yesterday. Environment America, a national group that advocates new laws and policies to mitigate the effects of climate change, issued the report.
Balmy and dry fall weather could put the Colorado ski industry’s two-year string of record snowrider numbers in danger, and most of the West isn’t in any better shape. Last year, despite getting less snow than the season before, Colorado numbers were still up 6.7 percent in the first half of the season.
A recent dry spell in which precipitation fell 71 percent short of normal has the city’s water suppliers reminding residents to conserve. Although Colorado Springs Utilities’ water storage is on track with the 30-year average, precipitation in October was only a quarter-inch, 29 percent of normal, Utilities spokesman Steve Berry said.
For years, skiers have tuned in to long-range weather outlooks to determine whether an El Niño or La Niña might bring a bountiful powder season. Along with shaping winter precipitation patterns, recent research suggests that shifts in sea surface temperatures can also be tied to the frequency and intensity of forest fires.