It’s been well over a month since the last post where we wrapped up the season. I apologize for the lack of posting but I needed a break from weather forecasting. During this past winter I was busy moving into a new home, while at the same time working a full-time job, writing WSF and trying to ski every powder day. To be quite honest, I was a bit burnt out. The batteries are re-charging however.
May was generally wet, which was very nice for those of us down in the valleys. No need to water the lawns until at least the beginning of June. The foothills were verdant and lush, and mountain biking has been excellent. The active weather even kept the snowpack in tact thru May, which allowed for an awesome Memorial Day at Snowbird. June 1 marked the beginning of meteorological summer, and right on cue, the weather dried out and warmed up. Records were set in many locations last week with high temps in the 90s for most areas. Saturday, Sunday, and Monday of this week all featured a return to showers and thunderstorms and cooler temperatures. We should warm back up to above normal later this week, however, with no further chances for rain in the foreseeable future.
Overall, it’s summer. I’d expect us to be hot and dry for the most part, with occasional monsoonal surges bringing the threat of storms to the region. Long range forecasts from the Climate Prediction Center would suggest near average precipitation with slightly above average temperatures thru the end of August.
As for next winter, I’m already getting questions regarding a potential La Nina event. Quite simply, yes, La Nina looks possible. Perhaps even likely. But, like El Nino, it doesn’t really mean that much for us here in Utah. You may point to 2010-11 season as an example of a La Nina that was great for us, and you’d be correct. Unfortunately, for every good La Nina year, I could give you a bad one to match. La Nina’s do tend to be slightly cooler than normal, so perhaps we’ll see a reprieve from the high snow level storms and be able to build a low-elevation base. Alas, there’s no point speculating this far out. We’ll talk about it more when the snow starts to fly. Until then, just a few summer posts from time to time.
FYI, if you haven’t already seen, Chile and Argentina are off to excellent starts to their season. Perhaps a trip to the Andes this summer?