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Below-Average Winter Possible For North State

A year ago, we had an El Nino winter in Northern California, with above-average precipitation. And this winter a La Nina pattern is establishing itself, with cooler Pacific Ocean temperatures, after it looked like a more mild and neutral pattern was developing last month. National Weather Service meteorologist Mike Kochasic says that means it’s likely we won’t get as much snow and rain…

click to listen to Mike Kochasic

And Kochasic says even though ocean temperatures are expected to be cooler, than doesn’t necessarily translate to more snow…

click to listen to Mike Kochasic

California is entering its 5th year of drought. Grass Valley had record rainfall in October, but the first half of November has been dry, although rain is in the forecast this week. Kochasic says the effects of La Nina won’t really begin to be felt until December. The last La Nina winter was five years ago, and it was dry.

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