La Niña Winter

17 11 2010

When we think of La Niña (in Spanish, “the girl”), we probably think of severe weather conditions. La Niña refers to wet, cooler temperatures in comparison to El Niño a dry, warmer period. According to the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) this weather phenomenon stems from cooler than normal tropical Pacific Ocean sea–surface temperatures.  This affects Oregon by creating greater rainfall and cooler conditions west and warmer conditions east.  According to the National Weather Service, long-range forecasts indicate  we will experience another La Niña lasting well into 2011.

Skiers and snowboarders  have no need to fear because the ODA says there will be well above average snow likely for the Cascades this winter.   So if you’re headed up into the mountains you can check conditions on ODOT’s Trip Check website at:  You can also check Hoodoo’s website for live video feed from Santiam Pass all the way to the ski lifts at:  Hoodoo Cameras.

For those  in the city, invest in a good umbrella, durable winter gear, and perhaps even chains for the potential snow that is forecasted this weekend.   It’s not La Niña every winter so get out there have some fun and play outside!

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