Skiers and snowboarders rejoice: Epic snow dump possible next winter

El Niño is forecast to weaken through the spring with conditions in the equatorial Pacific Ocean potentially transitioning to La Niña next fall, according to the latest monthly outlook issued this week by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

“The strong 2010-11 La Niña contributed to record winter snowfall, spring flooding and drought across the United States, as well as other extreme weather events throughout the world, such as heavy rain in Australia and an extremely dry equatorial eastern Africa,” according to NOAA.

In the Lake Tahoe area, it was the fourth snowiest winter on record, according to the UC Berkeley Central Sierra Snow Laboratory on Donner Pass.

According to SnowBomb, the totals for ski areas were:
•Alpine Meadows, CA = 852″
•Squaw Valley, CA = 811″
•Mt. Baker, WA = 808″
•Alta, UT = 723″
•Mammoth, CA = 668″
•Mt. Bachelor, OR = 665″
•Whistler, B.C. = 622″
•Jackson Hole, WY = 557″
•Jay Peak, VT = 376″

The NOAA’s complete report is here:

(Photo: Sean Regan at

A video of the 2010-11 ski season at Lake Tahoe is here:

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