Forget about December. The snow will fall in January!


By meteomorris on 8 December 2015 · 1

There's little to no snowfall for the Alps in the forecast and the waiting game has begun. More instability is visible on the maps for next week and we could expect some snow. Yet we must, according to the Climate Prediction Center, keep in mind that December continues to be too dry in the Alps. The Climate Prediction Center presented its calculations for the coming months at the end of November. You'll find the cards below. Green is more wet and orange is more dry. Conclusions: December is too dry in the Alps, but there will be plenty of precipitation in January and February and even more than usual for the time of year.

December is dry in the Alps, but lots of precipitation in Scandinavia
December is dry in the Alps, but lots of precipitation in Scandinavia

More precipitation in the northern and western Alps in January
More precipitation in the northern and western Alps in January

More precipitation in the northern and western Alps in February
More precipitation in the northern and western Alps in February

The prediction of the Climate Prediction Center is spot on if we look at December. There's no precipitation in the Alps, it's wet and white in the west of Norway and there's more precipitation than normal in the northwest of the US and British Columbia in Canada. Let's hope their prediction will also be spot on for January and February.

Temperatures are too high

Yes, the temperatures are too high, but I prefer snowfall in the high alpine and the mid-stations than no snow at all. It's not that strange that the temperatures are too high. El Niño years are known because of a slightly higher temperatures worldwide. And we have to deal with a very strong El Niño. The last time that happened was in 1998 and that was the warmest year of the century.

Too warm
Too warm

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  • MikeSPF
    Tourist
    MikeSPF op 8 December 2015 · 17:16
    maybe we should all start riding snowless lines like Candide


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