Mammoth: Ten to Fifteen Foot Snow Amounts For December; Southern California Above Average Rainfall



Mammoth Mountain is where we need the snow to build for the drought to improve in California and it looks like in December this will start the improvement cycle as stronger storms start to aim the region.  What does it mean for Southern California?  When did the 1997 El Nino deliver the first major storm?  Keep reading …

Projections here at Southern California Weather Force project 10 to 15 feet of snowfall for the Mammoth Mountain areas at least for the month of December.  This would put the resort and California on track to improve the drought.  As stated before, both Central and Northern California would be the center of the storm track this year and this will be the best thing for California’s drought collapse.

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For us in Southern California however we will be seeing the storm-track shift southward some and this would collapse the surface ridge west of us toward Hawaii.  This would allow fronts to not be washed out like they have been lately … instead allow storms to dip down west of here and then slam us head on.  December should have just above average precipitation for most metros, the most rainfall however seen in Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, and Kern County.  Still, being December has a higher average rainfall in Los Angeles, we’ll see anywhere between 3-5″ of rainfall for the month of December, which puts us on track to above average rainfall for the season to come.

1997 delivered the first storm on December 6th, which flooded out many areas, leaving many who doubted El Nino’s arrival in the dark.  Our first major storm may be between December 5th and December 12th, given the current pattern looks similar to 1997, about a week behind from the looks of it.

So hold on, we’re still projecting this El Nino to show its face … Stay tuned for more updates on Monday


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