I love this time of year. It’s starting to get chilly and I start to think about what weather the winter might bring. Although weather agencies and scientists are more inclined to hedge for now, the key to the entire winter will be the intensity of El Nino. National Atmospheric Oceanic Administration (NOAA) is still calling for an El Nino Watch and specifically a 67% chance for a weak El Nino in the next few months.
The news of El Nino is generally good for California with the odds slightly better there will be above average rain for Southern California and equal odds for average rain in Northern California. With a weak El Nino, there is not a strong connection to rain totals in Northern California but at least nobody is calling for below-average rain based on what's being observed in the tropics.
The Farmer’s Almanac is calling for a big winter for 75% of the country. In the coming weeks, we will have a better indication regarding optimism for increased snowfall. More rain for California and snow in the mountains sounds good to me. Whether you are planning to be in the mountains or you want to be ready for your local storms, please prepare to stay warm and happy with Powpow neck warmers. www.powpow.com