Thursday, January 28, 2010

El Nino Returns?

It has been awhile since we have experienced a winter season that has been as wet as this one has been so far. Granite Bay Golf Clubs weather station has recorded 12.38” inches of rain so far this year as compared to 9.8” of rain through the same period last year. Most meteorologists believe our current weather patterns are largely courtesy of a El Nino pattern, which is expected to influence the jet stream through the winter months. El Nino weather patterns are characterized by unusually warm sea temperatures in the Pacific Ocean measured at the equator. These ocean conditions can trigger above normal precipitation in our area but as the Sacramento Bee stated this morning “El Nino can be fickle”. The Bee article also revealed that Folsom lake was still only 32% full and even behind it’s historical average through this point of the season but “The state snowpack on Thursday stood at 117% of average for the date”. and “Long range forecasts still suggest increased odds for above normal precipitation through April due to El Nino conditions in the Pacific Ocean.”
Not great news for course conditions but hopeful news regarding the dreaded D word, (drought

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