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Feeble El Nino is on the way to Inland Northwest

Still expect average snowfall in lowlands, but big dumps higher up


Last updated 9/20/2018 at 6:35pm

A wet fall and winter lies ahead, but nothing like 2016 when October rainfall reached a record 6.21 inches.

With the start of fall this Saturday, Sept. 22, winter certainly will be here before we know it.

And this season it will be officially fueled by a tepid El Nino pattern, noted for its slightly higher than normal sea surface temperatures that tend to also deliver a tad warmer winter in the lowlands.

"El Nino is back, but very weak," retired Eastern Washington University meteorology and geography professor, Dr. Bob Quinn said.

As he's noted previously, the northern reaches of the Pacific Ocean are slightly warmer than normal and that will influence how the typical El Nino behaves.


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