Mother Nature has tossed us a weather change-up

Predicted drier El Nino weather pattern ‘vanished’ a while ago so wetter, whiter winter predicted


Paul Delaney

A early blanket of snow covers Eastern Washington University’s Roos Field Nov. 9.


Staff Reporter

The 1970’s advertisement for Chiffon margarine told us “It’s not nice to fool Mother Nature.”

But it’s perfectly okay as we know for the favor to be returned as she threw weather watchers a nifty change-up over the past couple of months.

“I’ve never in my life seen a warm sea surface temperature pattern disappear so fast,” Eastern Washington geography and meteorology professor Dr. Robert Quinn said back in October when the forecasted El Nino vanished. “It’s gone,” the noted expert in long-term weather forecasting said.

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