We were fooled once before — the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) predicted a wetter than normal 2012 winter for Northern California last fall — but the same agency’s Climate Prediction Center is now predicting a 50 percent chance that El Niño conditions will develop in the next few months. (The original NOAA synopsis is here.)
If it does, there’s likely to be flooding in this neck of the woods but next summer’s small stream trout season might look a bit more promising.
According to International Research Institute for Climate and Society Chief Forecaster Tony Barnston we’ll know soon enough:
The development of El Niño depends greatly on what happens in the coming two months. If we do not get at least some development by the end of August, then the chances of getting development later become much lower.”
Here’s to hoping for a snowpack that more than makes up for what was lacking this year.