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NASA: 2012 Was a Bad Snow Year

NASA: 2012 Was a Bad Snow Year

Yes, shocking, we know. A report and comparative maps from this season and last confirm the obvious.
By Samantha Berman
posted: 03/30/2012
NASA Snow Map
NASA Snow Map

It’s official: This winter was a bad snow year. Not that we really needed NASA to tell us this, but alas, a report comparing last year’s plentiful powder with this winter’s sad snowfall amounts blames the mild winter on a La Niña pattern that pushed the precipitation northward. That was compounded by something called an Arctic Oscillation, a strong one in this case, that kept all that cold air circling the North Pole rather than drifting down to more southerly latitudes. Read about the science behind it and see the comparative maps here. Lesson? La Niña doesn’t always result in a stellar snow year for everyone, and if you didn’t make it up to B.C. or Alaska this season, you missed out. Then again, there’s still time.

Map courtesy of NASA.

reviews of NASA: 2012 Was a Bad Snow Year
Here in the Northwest, we are getting dumped on. Last Sunday we skied in 7" new on top of 13" the day before at Mt Hood Meadows. P O W D E R. NO APRIL FOOLS !!! Maybe you should consider visiting us this summer... We typically have really good summer snow till sometime in August. Mid May through mid July are the best.
Or Montana.... We are just finishing of a fantastic year in Whitefish. Over 300 inches of snow (which is our average...) December was a little slow to start, but we've been 100% open since the beginning of January and the skiing has been great! I've got 50 days under my skis so far.
Dear SKI readers and editors, as stated above, Montana and the Northwest (Washington, Oregon, Idaho and yes, as the article mentions British Columbia) had a darn good ski season. If it weren't for the less than average December, we may have had a record year! Come ski for yourself next year!
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