La Niña is back, but meteorologists say don’t get your hopes up about a record year at the ski hills.
It’s the first time she’s shown her cooling hand in the pacific ocean since 2012, but La Niña is weaker than usual this year, says Global Meteorologist Yvonne Schalle.
And she says the patch of cool water in the Pacific ocean, which can change weather systems across the continent, will likely only stick around until February.
“So far it looks like it will be a weak event for B.C. We could see slightly warmer than seasonal temperatures, we could see more precipitation as a result, but that doesn’t necessarily mean we’ll see more snow or snowfall amounts for the ski hills,” she says.
La Niña – the reverse of El Niño – typically dumps precipitation on the Pacific coast, while drying out the American south and deepening the chill in the north.
The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Centre officially announced its detection earlier this week.
Recent La Niña years recorded by the NOAA include 2011-2012, 2010-2011, 2007-2008, and 2000-2001.
It comes after one of the strongest El Niño’s on record, ending back in June.