For our custom Aspen-Snowmass forecast, please see; http://www.snowforecast.com/resorts/4401-snowmass-aspen. CM
Short Range Forecast Discussion - Updated for Sunday, August 30, 2015
Today through Tuesday, a strong and much needed wet and cold low pressure system affects the northwest US (helping to put out devastating fires, and ending the smoke importation to Aspen and the rest of Colorado), and places Colorado under an increasing moisture weather pattern, with an increase in thunderstorm and shower potential, not to mention clouds, each day. Monday looks like the busiest day in terms of thunderstorms and showers, then they decrease some on Tuesday as the moisture tap also decreases. Monday and Tuesday look cooler. By Wednesday and Thursday we are looking mostly dry, breezy, and milder (great hiking weather), and mostly thunderstorm-free for Aspen, though afternoon thunderstorms linger for the San Juan Mountains/ southwest Colorado. By the weekend we see an upswing in thunderstorms and showers again, as renewed low pressure energy across the Pacific Northwest starts to draw some subtropical moisture in across the desert southwest and Colorado. CM
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7 day to 2 week+ forecast (since 1998) - We plan to bring this back in the fall, unless we receive interest in firing the longer range forecast back up, sooner.
The El Nino SST pattern is strong, right now, and it looks like we will see a VERY strong El Nino this fall and winter, possibly stronger than the 1997-1998 version, which is the strongest (in terms of SST anomaly) on record. This set-up would usually cause heavier rain and snow across California (mainly southern and central, possibly including Tahoe, but especially including Mountain High and Big Bear, as the epic 1997-1998 season can attest to) and the southwest US this winter. This would be a vast improvement for Tahoe-Mammoth. Southwest Colorado and northern New Mexico usually do well, including Taos Ski Valley, who had a great season in 2014-2015 with the weak El Nino(ish) anomaly. Aspen is in between, and we would say average snowfall should be expected at Aspen-Snowmass in 2015-2016. We will be posting a detailed outlook for Aspen-Snowmass, Squaw Valley/ Tahoe, Mountain High, and Taos Ski Valley in the coming months. We will be monitoring the progress of this right here, stay tuned... CM
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