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Short Range Forecast Discussion - Updated for Wednesday August 20, 2014 - Today we see clearing skies some after morning showers, due to an exiting weather disturbance. Thursday into Friday morning we expect another increase in thunderstorms and showers as low pressure that was out west moves in across the area. This low pressure system is unusual, as it contains some Gulf of Alaska derived cold air. We may even see some accumulating snow above 10,500 feet Thursday night. Friday dries out as low pressure moves out. Saturday and Sunday we see a slow warm-up as the air mass is drier and high pressure ridging aloft builds in slightly. Thunderstorms develop each afternoon (mostly isolated), otherwise mostly sunny skies are expected. CM
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7 day to 2 week+ forecast (since 1998) - 23 August to 02 September, 2014 - High pressure ridging may shift back to the north across the western US but centered to the east, with increased moisture and potential for thunderstorms across Colorado and most of the rest of the western US (more updates are coming on this in our next forecast). CM
Longer Range Outlook
As of now, August 2014, we are still on a path to see an El Nino Sea Surface Temperature pattern hold across the Equatorial Eastern Pacific. As of the last check, July has shown a possibly brief trend to cooler Sea Surface Temperature Anomalies across the eastern Equatorial Pacific (El Nino development has been put on hold for now). We will watch and see what happens.
The larger time-scale SST pattern in place right now is still a cool phase PDO, or negative PDO, which stands for Pacific Decadal Oscillation. This is a more long term pattern (decades), and it has made any recent years El Nino SST patterns weaker.
To reiterate, we expect an overall trend toward positive SST Anomalies along the eastern Equatorial Pacific. The likelihood of an El Nino pattern this fall and winter are really good, now "likely". Forecasts from other agencies are calling for El Nino conditions to hold this fall and winter. This would favor the southwest US (including southern California and across to Taos Ski Valley, even Aspen, Colorado) for heavier rain and snow this fall and mainly winter (2014-2015), after the wet monsoon summer across the southwest US. Northwest US areas, and southwest Canada, along with northern Colorado through Wyoming and the northern Rocky Mountains, should see an active monsoon (thunderstorms and showers) this summer, followed by a drier than average, or near average snowfall winter (2014-2015). This is our outlook for now, and we will update as info becomes available. All of this information is generated in-house.
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