There is no way to sugar coat that this was a tough winter. The snowpack throughout the winter stayed near or below the record low for the last 30 years. Of course, it did snow, and there were some powder days, and any time spent on the slopes is usually more fun than doing something else. But still … ugh!
This map shows the snowpack compared to the average for March 31st. Readings in New Mexico are anywhere from no snow on the ground to 44% of average in the north-western mountains.
The map below shows the total precipitation compared to the average from October 1, 2017, through March 31, 2018. Again, the numbers in New Mexico are very low, ranging from 19-47%.
Clearly, the dominant storm track this season was over the northern Rockies. This storm track is reasonably normal for a La Nina season when water temperatures in the central Pacific Ocean are much cooler than normal.
Thankfully, the long-range forecast for the 2018-2019 season is for water temperatures in the central Pacific Ocean to warm, which means that we are likely finished with La Nina and should see snowier weather next season.
Thanks for reading my forecasts, I am sorry about the lack of snow during 2017-2018, and I hope you have a wonderful summer of 2018 and we’ll see you back here in the fall.
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