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Question What drove the 2017 season?

Discussion in 'Alpine & Snow' started by bugeater, Jul 20, 2019.

  1. bugeater

    bugeater Hard Yards

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    I was just wondering what weather patterns drove the big dumps we got relatively late in the 2017 season. They finally shook me out of my complacency and got me skiing again, so I wasn't paying much attention to any analysis on the systems at the time up to that point. Any chance of a repeat (even if in a minor way?).

    Guess I'm trying to understand what climatic patterns lead to those sorts of events.
     
  2. POW_hungry

    POW_hungry Part of the Furniture Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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  3. Hermon

    Hermon One of Us

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    Another important difference between the 2014 season and 2017, 2018, & 2019 is that 2014 had a much larger Antarctic Sea Ice extent in comparison with recent years.

    2017 also had a cold wet April (which followed a mostly cool summer), but a mostly warm and dry June. It was a year of transition out of La-Nina to weak el-nino.
     
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  4. Jellybeans

    Jellybeans calm and rational Ski Pass: Gold

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    2014 was not a great season at the looks of things. Which is rather peculiar, given the Antarctic sea ice extent. Probably down to other factors.