We have experience a mild winter and that’s putting it mildly. That could change.
Some high temperatures in Nebraska this winter have broken records. It also has been dry.
“But we are going to be seeing a shift as January goes on to more La Nina like conditions where temperatures will turn colder and go colder than average it looks like by later than January,” according to Todey. “Most of the upper part of the Basin will go to below average temperatures which will be in contrast to what we have seen recently.”
Todey says the current pattern is unusual during La Nina, which often produces cooler and wetter weather. He says the weather pattern could break either way at this point, above or below average snow and rain.
Last year, heavy snowpack in the mountain region melted and combined with an extremely wet spring to create the flood of 2011 throughout the Missouri River Basin. Todey says there is limited to no snowpack in the Dakotas and Montana now, though he points out the peak snow season has yet to come.