The two days of rain that we had two weeks ago amounted to only one inch of rain in Los Angeles in January. These arid conditions are not limited to our typically dry Southern California. There is a shortage of snow in the Sierra Mountains, with Colorado and Utah ski resorts suffering a similar dry spell. Giant mounds, which skiers and snowboarders call “whales” contained the only snow to be found on some mountains, and this was made from snow guns.
La Nina conditions with lower than average water temperatures in the Pacific Ocean are prevalent and could explain our current conditions. However last year the same conditions existed with 10″ of rain in December 2010 when Arctic Oscillation was in a weak phase for most of the winter allowing cold moist air to drop down from the Arctic to our area. February is usually our wettest month and we could use the change.