Forecasters: This winter tough to predict

By scott miller

EAGLE COUNTY — Weather forecasting isn’t among the dark arts the way alchemy is, but it is a tricky endeavor. This year’s long-term forecasts are particularly unsure. Thanks to relatively stable water temperatures in a portion of the Pacific Ocean usually responsible for generating precipitation-laden storms, that long-term forecast is more unpredictable than usual. Temperatures in that portion of the Pacific are trending warmer than average, but National Weather Service climatologists don’t believe the pattern will trigger an actual “El Niño” pattern. Those patterns tend to bring above-average precipitation to the Southwest, as well as the southern portion of Colorado. …

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