This year in Maine weather scientist are predicting a record breaking snow season.
1. The warm temperatures this October broke all previous records. October temperatures have been a hall mark for predicting snow levels: Of the twenty years of highest recorded October temperatures, seventeen of those years were the seventeen highest recorded snow falls.
2. A La Na Nina in the Pacific is an indicator of winter trade wind routs across New England. The Alberta Clippers follow the trade winds, and the more advanced the La Nina the more snow fall we received in Maine. This year there is a La Nina in the Pacific and it is due to peak in mid-winter.
3. Ocean waters off the coast of Maine are the warmest on record. Warm waters in the Gulf of Maine tend to create more frequent winter storms and more severe snow events (nor-easters.)
This year we are looking at a trifecta, with snow falls in the western mountains of Maine expected to be in excess of 100 inches.
My wife and I are winter people, and I love this.