A SNOW DUMP is Forecasted for the Mid Atlantic Ski Resorts for...

A SNOW DUMP is Forecasted for the Mid Atlantic Ski Resorts for the 2012 2013 Season

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Story by Mike Doble – mike@appnet.com  

In what will no doubt be the first of many stories that we will be posting about the weather forecast for the upcoming 2012-2013 ski and snowboarding season – we have some potentially GREAT news to share.

"Winter 2012-2013 will be "Snow" Joke", says Meghan Evans of AccuWeather.

<Photo courtesy of Accuweather

I emailed to get permission to post portions of this story, so I don’t want to immediately alienate the folks at Accuweather, however it is obviously very difficult to start predicting what this winter will be like in August. Accuweather’s 10 day forecasts have often been maligned. However in terms of their long range forecasting – they’ve actually been pretty spot on over the last few seasons. Meteorologist Joe Bastardi is usually one of the first to "risk" a prediction. According to the long range expert, Bastardi believes there is a significant chance for particularly frigid winters in 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 into 2014-2015.

Bastardi said these winters could be similar to winters of the late 1970s.

He said, "While the most consistent of the cold is to the north, severe bouts of cold deep into Texas and Florida would be capable of affecting agriculture more so than we’ve seen in that last 20 years or so."

A combination of factors that parallel the precursors to historically cold winters is leading Bastardi to this forecast.

Accuweather’s Meteorologist Meghan Evans stated on Thursday, August 16th, "Following a snow drought during winter 2011-2012, the mid-Atlantic and southern New England will get a snow dump this winter."

She goes on to report that Long-Range meteorologists are projecting a weak to moderate El Niño by the fall.

So as things look right now, we should start seeing chipmunks begin to scurry around to pack up a strong stash of acorns for this coming "snowmageddon".

Bastardi is one of the more respected meteorologists nationally and if you look at his comments about this coming season and that of 2013-2014, and beyond – he’s definately not one of the proponents of "climate change" or what was previously called "global warming". He writes, "In the longer term, this is all part of a cyclical event which will return the earth’s temperatures by 2030 back to where they were in the late ’70s at the end of the last cold PDO [Pacific Decadal Oscillation, or El Ninolike pattern] and the beginning of the satellite era of measuring temperatures objectively."

Other long-range forecasts are beginning to come our way and as we get them, you know we’ll share them. By the way, expect The AccuWeather Full-Length Winter Forecast to be released in October.

Email me your thought at: mike@appnet.com

Mike is the Editor and founder of SkiNC.com and SkiSoutheast.com. Since September of 1996 he has written more than 2800 articles promoting all of the ski areas of North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland. While attending to the thousands of emails, photo submissions and On-Snow reports that come in all season long, Doble also owns and operates a full service web design and marketing company that has more than 800 clients in 30+ states and several countries. He shares that it was his passion for all things snow that prompted him to start the ski network and since that time the website has gained popularity through it's webcam and weather content as well. Mike is the father of four daughters, is an avid snow and water skier, football freak of his alma mater (the University of South Carolina) and hearty promoter of all that is Western North Carolina to West Virginia and Maryland. Mike spends his off time with his horses, playing golf, tennis and boating on Watauga Lake with his family and friends, coaching local soccer teams and oh yes...Snow Skiing!