highlights from Herb Stevens, The Skiing Weatherman, and his latest snow forecast. A change is coming...get ready!
Herb Stevens, The Skiing Weatherman
Herb's Ski Weather Forecast
Saturday, January 13 2007 @ 11:49 AM
In the mid Atlantic, the cold air is on the way, but it will take until Tuesday before temperatures really settle back to near, or below normal levels. While it will be colder in New York and New England, the mid Atlantic and southern Appalachian resort operators have reason to be excited also, because not only will they be able to resume snowmaking, but the threat of a significant snow event riding along the southern branch will be on the table for the next several weeks, and I expect this region to get a good dose of natural snow between next week and the end of February.
Other winters that have followed this warm first half/dramatic turnaround scenario have, more often than not, been noteworthy for major coastal storms within a couple of weeks of the pattern change, and that is something that I am certainly keeping my eye on.
Yes, I am talking about an extended stay in the cold air for the eastern United States. Again, looking back at years that were similar to what we have witnessed since autumn, a common thread is the degree to which the cold air locked in once it got established. Typically in weak El Nino years, winter rules right through March in the East, and I am looking for that to occur this year. And that includes the central and southern Appalachians, where the deviations from normal are actually greater in the second half of weak El Nino winters than in spots further north.
Your patience is about to be rewarded. The first half of this season has been a sequence of meteorological events that have been totally exasperating, but the end is very near. Make your plans now to ski or ride the next 2 and a half to three months. The snow will be more than worth it very shortly.http://www.snocountry.com/article.php?story=20070113115244136