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  • Dewpoint↓32° / ↑26°
  • Humidity↓28% / ↑51%
  • Regional Forecasted Snow0"
  • Regional Snow Depth0"
Clear before noon and then partly cloudy becoming clear later into the evening.
None expected.
None expected throughout the day.
Winds variable at 2 to 10 mph through the morning becoming variable at 2 to 9 mph in the afternoon, evening with gusts up to 13 mph. Wind chill expected to be 36 to 58 degrees throughout the day.
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Wednesday the 17th
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  • Dewpoint↓35° / ↑25°
  • Humidity↓31% / ↑53%
  • Regional Forecasted Snow0"
  • Regional Snow Depth0"
Clear through the morning, and then mostly clear with a few clouds becoming mostly cloudy into the evening.
No snow today.
No precipitation expected throughout the day.
Winds S 4 to 13 mph through the morning becoming SW 5 to 14 mph in the afternoon, evening with gusts up to 15 mph. Expected wind chill to be 36 to 53 degrees throughout the day.
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Thursday the 18th
↑58° ↓45°
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  • Dewpoint↓33° / ↑28°
  • Humidity↓30% / ↑55%
  • Regional Forecasted Snow0"
  • Regional Snow Depth0"
Mostly cloudy becoming partly cloudy through the morning, and then mostly cloudy through the afternoon and evening.
No snow today.
No precipitation expected throughout the day.
Winds variable at 1 to 8 mph through the morning becoming variable at 2 to 9 mph in the afternoon, evening with gusts up to 10 mph. Expected wind chill to be 36 to 53 degrees throughout the day.
Daily Freezing Level In Feet
Friday the 19th
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  • Dewpoint↓36° / ↑28°
  • Humidity↓32% / ↑55%
  • Regional Forecasted Snow0"
  • Regional Snow Depth0"
Mostly cloudy through the morning, and then partly cloudy becoming clear into the evening.
No snow throughout the day.
No precipitation expected today.
Winds variable at 2 to 9 mph through the morning shifting to SW 6 to 15 mph in the afternoon, evening with gusts up to 19 mph. Wind chill expected to be 39 to 54 degrees throughout the day.
Daily Freezing Level In Feet
Saturday the 20th
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  • Dewpoint↓35° / ↑27°
  • Humidity↓30% / ↑57%
  • Regional Forecasted Snow0"
  • Regional Snow Depth0"
Clear through the morning, and then mostly clear with a few clouds becoming clear into the evening.
No snow throughout the day.
No precipitation expected.
Winds variable at 2 to 10 mph through the morning with gusts up to 13 mph. Expected wind chill to be 37 to 60 degrees throughout the day.
Daily Freezing Level In Feet
Sunday the 21st
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  • Dewpoint↓38° / ↑32°
  • Humidity↓39% / ↑64%
  • Regional Forecasted Snow0"
  • Regional Snow Depth0"
Clear becoming mostly clear with a few clouds through the morning, and then clear through the afternoon and evening.
No snow.
None expected.
Winds variable at 2 to 9 mph through the morning. Wind chill expected to be 38 to 54 degrees throughout the day.
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Whats coming for 2018-2019 for Southwest Canada and the Northwest USA?!
Fri, August 31st, 2018 (begun this article)
Wednesday September 19, 2018 (I finally finished it!)

MODOKI EL NINO = bad, REGULAR EL NINO = not as bad, WEAK EL NINO to ENSO Neutral = possibly good! There are many possibilities with the last one (the one we think is coming) but we will nail it down for you! 

WA/ ID/ MT, and Inland Empire (Spokane-Coeur d'Alene)
FALL and WINTER SEASON FORECAST FROM SNOWFORECAST.COM!

...WHAT IS THE FORECAST?...
 OCTOBER - (Above average snowfall and below average temperatures) Early season cold and October snows for the ski resorts, though best snow and coldest temperatures will be to the east of the divide and Wyoming/ southwest Montana. There will be enough cold to test out any snowmaking equipment, and the early snows will linger for some hours and even days to help cool the soil for some good base building when we move into November...
NOVEMBER - (Above average snowfall and near to below average temperatures) Continued good early season snow and lower than usual snow levels with early first measurable  snows in the Inland Empire of Spokane-CDA, likely in early November. We expect some Thanksgiving opening days...
DECEMBER - (Near to above average snowfall and near to below average temperatures through mid December, then dropping off to below average snowfall and near average temperatures) Good snowfall events through mid December and near to below average temperatures, then incoming storms start shifting to the south on a different storm  track, with lighter snows across the region as we move into the holidays.
JANUARY ONWARD, MORE COMING SOON - ? Stay tuned, but a brief synopsis: Dry for most of January with above average temperatures. Storms return in February with near to a bit below average snowfall (could still be good), then March through the rest of the season looks near to warmer than average in temperature, with below average snows, though April could produce some big storms and powder days to pass through the region, building the late season snowpack. More details are coming, and I will be naming resorts and forecasting long range snow totals. CM

...WHAT ARE THE FACTORS AND OPINIONS?...
Here are my August 31 observations: An El Nino that "wants" to happen, but meager warming to even some cooling in the key Nino regions (recent), and a mostly neutral status (currently) is not showing much hope for any El Nino pattern that may be classified as moderate or strong. In fact, I will say that we will not see a moderate or strong El Nino SST pattern this 2018-2019 season, and the NOAA forecasted weak El Nino is looking like a "maybe".
And, my September 15 observations: Latest guidance indicates that the El Nino SST anomaly will be weak, at best, in my opinion. Here is why: Cooler eastern Pacific waters (Nino 3.4 region)/ Subsurface waters heat content (180-100W Lat) has decreased/ and the current pattern is showing mostly a general cooling and not warming overall, though in the last 7 days, eastern Pacific surface waters off the coast of Ecuador (means "Equator") have warmed . Its mid September and this El Nino event should be a bit more evident. Its not. Even NOAA has backed off a bit with a 65% chance of El Nino formation, instead of the 70% they had called for early on in the summer when this anomaly looked more likely. For them to back off a bit like that indicates definite lost confidence, and this is not surprising, as I lost confidence in it occurring myself, back in July. Things work a bit slower in these large organizations, while us "loose cannons" (whatever in the hell that means) can blast off at will. Haha.

LONGRANGE_ENSO cpc _human reasoning_2*An El Nino is still favored according to the above Climate Prediction Center chart*

LONGRANGE_SubsurfaceTempAnomalies*We have seen some areas of cooling in the Nino 1+2 and 3 regions, as this El Nino struggles to form. This is indicating cooling in the subsurface waters, which is a factor that is looked at for potential SST's*

LONGRANGE_Last Year of Anomalies_best chart_Marked up*As of Sep 12, there is some warming going on again in the referenced "Nino 3" region, so overall there is a positive SST anomaly, but mostly less than +.5 (in yellow on the above chart), which is the threshold that needs to be met for 3 consecutive months before an actual El Nino pattern is recognized. For now we are in an "ENSO neutral" status.

SOLAR MINIMUM: In terms of sunspot activity, there is currently almost none, or even "none", zero, zilch, nada, many days. Decreased or zero sunspot activity also affects our weather patterns. The chart below shows how we are in a solar "grand minimum" right now:

LONGRANGE_Sunspot Activity_Solar Minimum
Side note, look at the last minimum, in 07-08-09', when  the Inland Northwest had the most snow EVER recorded, back to back years, one with 170+ inches of snow in Coeur d'Alene, ID.

Also, we have seen some recent serious weather extremes this Summer of 2018, and have no reason to believe that we will not see similar extremes this fall and winter in North America:

From extreme heat in Europe, notably northern Europe:

LONGRANGE_Extremes_HeatInScandanavia

To extreme snow and cold in August:
LONGRANGE_Extremes_Salzburg
 NOAA: So to reiterate, NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) was forecasting a 60% likelihood for formation of an El Nino SST pattern this fall, and a 70% chance for the winter, 2018-2019, while now those forecasts are down to 50-55% and 65-70%, respectively. Large organizations like NOAA are not going to go backward on the forecast (decreased % chance), like this without very good reason, like, "its not happening like we thought it would guys"...

SNOWFORECAST.COM: At this point, a "weak" El Nino SST anomaly is the forecast from NOAA. I have believed since June that this would be a weak El Nino pattern that sets up, based on the afore-mentioned trend, but am now wondering if this El Nino will even show up at all. For those who desire to see some at least average rain and snowfall this winter, a weak El Nino or no El Nino may be best. If an El Nino, weak, does form, it is looking more likely to be the Modoki version, which on average, sucks (dry) all across the western US. Thankfully, as a weak factor (there are other factors), a weak El Nino of any kind will have a "weaker" influence on the weather patterns we see this fall and winter, THANKFULLY. We are also looking (currently) at a weakly negative PDO (Pacific Decadal Oscillation, more of a long term state of ocean water temps), which will not help in the El Nino department. Neutral to "very weak El Nino" is what we are forecasting as we move into fall and maybe through the winter, at best +.5 which is barely classified as an El Nino. As well, with the Grand Solar Minimum, expect the unexpected, and so far, that has proven true in many parts of the world. How will all of these factors; Weak El Nino, or even "ENSO Neutral" SST anomaly, neutral PDO, GSM (solar), and my own intuition, affect the Northwest US and Western Canada forecast? Just scroll back to the top to find out!

Feel free to share this, but please cite credit to snowforecast.com. Thank you! CM

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Some References:
COLD AND SNOW:  https://www.theweek.info/index.php?newsid=3760 (Salzburg, over 1 foot of snow in August!)

 

HEAT:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/capital-weather-gang/wp/2018/07/17/scorching-scandinavia-record-breaking-heat-hits-norway-finland-and-sweden (90+ degrees in Norway, all time record high temps!)

Great resource for current SST’s and anomalies: https://www.tropicaltidbits.com/analysis/ocean/

International Research Institute: https://iri.columbia.edu/our-expertise/climate/forecasts/enso/current/?enso_tab=enso-cpc_plume

Latest ENSO Discussion: http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/analysis_monitoring/enso_advisory/ensodisc.php

Space Weather ("Solar Minimum"): https://www.swpc.noaa.gov/products/solar-cycle-progression

NCEP model forecast SST anomalies (1 model forecasting La Nina): http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/NMME/current/tmpsfc_Seas2.html

The ONE outlier model forecasting La Nina: http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/NMME/current/images/NASA_GEOS5v2_ensemble_tmpsfc_season2.png

Loads of the latest SST charts from ESRL, knock yourself out: https://www.esrl.noaa.gov/psd/map/clim/sst.shtml

Best anomaly chart (in my opinion): https://www.esrl.noaa.gov/psd/map/images/sst/sst.anom.hov.gif

Detailed ENSO Discussion from NOAA: http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/analysis_monitoring/lanina/enso_evolution-status-fcsts-web.pdf

More info/ charts on Modoki El Nino: http://www.jamstec.go.jp/frcgc/research/d1/iod/enmodoki_home_s.html.en

El Nino/ La Nina years/ ONI: http://ggweather.com/enso/oni.htm

A GREAT resource for "no BS" historical ski season info: http://bestsnow.net/

Latest PDO and history: http://research.jisao.washington.edu/pdo/PDO.latest.txt

 

Expanded Outlook

Tuesday
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iconWinds: variable 2 to 10 mph, then variable 2 to 9 mph
iconForecast Snow: 0"
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AM

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↑53° / ↓44°
Sky
Clear through the morning.
Snow
None expected.
Precipitation
No precipitation expected.
Winds
Morning winds variable at 2 to 10 mph. Wind chill expected to be 36 to 53 degrees through the morning.

PM

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↑58° / ↓48°
Sky
Partly cloudy becoming clear through the afternoon and evening.
Snow
None expected.
Precipitation
None expected through the afternoon and evening.
Winds
Afternoon winds variable at 2 to 9 mph. Expected wind chill to be 41 to 58 degrees into the evening.
Hourly Temperatures at 4,006ft
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Wednesday
↑59° / ↓44°
iconWinds: S 4 to 13 mph, then SW 5 to 14 mph
iconForecast Snow: 0"
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AM

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↑55° / ↓44°
Sky
Clear through the morning.
Snow
No snow through the morning.
Precipitation
No precipitation expected.
Winds
Morning winds S 4 to 13 mph with gusts up to 16 mph. Wind chill expected to be 36 to 48 degrees through the morning.

PM

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↑59° / ↓46°
Sky
Mostly clear with a few clouds becoming mostly cloudy into the evening.
Snow
No snow through the afternoon and evening.
Precipitation
None expected.
Winds
Afternoon winds SW 5 to 14 mph with gusts up to 15 mph. Wind chill expected to be 38 to 53 degrees into the evening.
Hourly Temperatures at 4,006ft
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Thursday
↑58° / ↓45°
iconWinds: variable 1 to 8 mph, then variable 2 to 9 mph
iconForecast Snow: 0"
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AM

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↑54° / ↓45°
Sky
Mostly cloudy becoming partly cloudy before noon.
Snow
None expected.
Precipitation
No precipitation expected.
Winds
Morning winds variable at 1 to 8 mph. Wind chill expected to be 36 to 49 degrees through the morning.

PM

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↑58° / ↓47°
Sky
Mostly cloudy through the afternoon and evening.
Snow
No snow.
Precipitation
No precipitation expected through the afternoon and evening.
Winds
Afternoon winds variable at 2 to 9 mph. Expected wind chill to be 40 to 53 degrees into the evening.
Hourly Temperatures at 4,006ft
temperature graph
Friday
↑60° / ↓45°
iconWinds: variable 2 to 9 mph, then SW 6 to 15 mph
iconForecast Snow: 0"
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AM

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↑54° / ↓45°
Sky
Mostly cloudy through the morning.
Snow
None expected.
Precipitation
No precipitation expected through the morning.
Winds
Morning winds variable at 2 to 9 mph. Wind chill expected to be 39 to 49 degrees through the morning.

PM

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↑60° / ↓48°
Sky
Partly cloudy becoming clear through the afternoon and evening.
Snow
None expected through the afternoon and evening.
Precipitation
None expected.
Winds
Afternoon winds SW 6 to 15 mph with gusts up to 19 mph. Wind chill expected to be 39 to 54 degrees into the evening.
Hourly Temperatures at 4,006ft
temperature graph
Saturday
↑60° / ↓45°
iconWinds: variable 2 to 10 mph, then variable to mph
iconForecast Snow: 0"
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AM

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↑55° / ↓45°
Sky
Clear before noon.
Snow
No snow.
Precipitation
No precipitation expected through the morning.
Winds
Morning winds variable at 2 to 10 mph. Wind chill expected to be 37 to 55 degrees through the morning.

PM

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↑60° / ↓49°
Sky
Mostly clear with a few clouds becoming clear through the afternoon and evening.
Snow
None expected.
Precipitation
None expected through the afternoon and evening.
Winds
Afternoon winds variable at to 8 mph. Temperatures will feel like they are between 43 to 60 degrees into the evening.
Hourly Temperatures at 4,006ft
temperature graph
Sunday
↑58° / ↓45°
iconWinds: variable 2 to 9 mph, then variable to mph
iconForecast Snow: 0"
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AM

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↑58° / ↓45°
Sky
Clear becoming mostly clear with a few clouds through the morning.
Snow
None expected.
Precipitation
None expected.
Winds
Morning winds variable at 2 to 9 mph. Expected wind chill to be 38 to 54 degrees through the morning.

PM

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↑58° / ↓50°
Sky
Clear into the evening.
Snow
None expected.
Precipitation
No precipitation expected through the afternoon and evening.
Winds
Afternoon winds variable at to 8 mph. Expected wind chill to be 45 to 54 degrees into the evening.
Hourly Temperatures at 4,006ft
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Snow Maker's Corner

Regional Soil Temperatures
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  • Soil Low Temperature40°
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Regional Soil Temperatures
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  • Soil Low Temperature40°
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Regional Soil Temperatures
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  • Soil Low Temperature41°
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Regional Soil Temperatures
  • Soil High Temperature50°
  • Soil Low Temperature41°
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Regional Soil Temperatures
  • Soil High Temperature51°
  • Soil Low Temperature42°
Base Wet Bulb Temperatures (F)
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