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Old 10-26-2010, 01:26 AM
 
Location: rain city
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Here in Seattle we had 'El Nino' conditions last year. It started raining in October and rained until the middle of June.

Now we're supposedly having a 'La Nina' and guess what? It's raining. Everybody is saying how La Nina years are extra rainy, but it's looking like a re-run of last year.....when it rained for 8 months straight.....and wasn't a La Nina.

So what's up with these two weather labels?

I realize they're connected to ocean temperatures, but either whichaway in Seattle they both spell r.a.i.n.

I'm not seeing any difference between the two weather patterns. Wet or wet.
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Old 10-26-2010, 01:35 AM
 
Location: Seattle, Washington
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It is my understanding that el nino brings warmer than average temperatures and la nina brings cooler than average temperatures. It is a la nina year. You got your house ready for this winter? Big snow predicted for us seattleites this year. Some saying more than winter 2008, which was also a la nina year.
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Old 10-26-2010, 02:05 AM
 
Location: rain city
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So I'm supposed to distinguish between a cold crappy rain and a less cold crappy rain?

There's a difference?
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Old 10-26-2010, 02:16 AM
 
Location: Wellington and North of South
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So I'm supposed to distinguish between a cold crappy rain and a less cold crappy rain?

There's a difference?
Frequency of rain: Numbers I got for 1971-2000 averages:

0.01" (abt 0.2mm) or more: 150 days per annum

0.10" (abt. 2.5mm) or more: 92 days per annum.

These are no doubt higher than for most of the US cities, but by world standards do not impress by comparison with genuinely wet places. The above suggest that the 1.0mm threshhold count might be about 125 days.

In my country the 1.0mm counts range from about 65 to 175, with about 125 being the average for populated areas.
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Old 10-26-2010, 03:00 AM
 
Location: Seattle, Washington
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Well with colder than average temps, la nina significantly ups the chances for big snow and ice storms whereas el nino would significanlty lessen the chances for either. I believe el nino also bring drier conditions and la nina wetter (or is it the other way around?), though where we live I guess it would be hard to tell the two apart based on that seeing as it rains most of the time outside of the summer months anyway.
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Old 10-26-2010, 10:10 AM
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Location: Western Massachusetts
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Frequency of rain: Numbers I got for 1971-2000 averages:

0.01" (abt 0.2mm) or more: 150 days per annum

0.10" (abt. 2.5mm) or more: 92 days per annum.

These are no doubt higher than for most of the US cities, but by world standards do not impress by comparison with genuinely wet places. The above suggest that the 1.0mm threshhold count might be about 125 days.

In my country the 1.0mm counts range from about 65 to 175, with about 125 being the average for populated areas.
I got 120 days (> 0.01") and 79 (>0.10"); numbers include days with snow as well as rain for where I live (Western Mass). I imagined Seattle to be much wetter than where I livefrom its image. Maybe its because the rain is more concentrated in the winter? Or the people who move there come from drier parts of the country.

Though where I live actually has more precipitation, 43 inches (1100 mm) compared to Seattle's 36 inches (915 mm)
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Old 10-26-2010, 10:25 AM
 
Location: Out in the Badlands
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Here in Seattle we had 'El Nino' conditions last year. It started raining in October and rained until the middle of June.

Now we're supposedly having a 'La Nina' and guess what? It's raining. Everybody is saying how La Nina years are extra rainy, but it's looking like a re-run of last year.....when it rained for 8 months straight.....and wasn't a La Nina.

So what's up with these two weather labels?

I realize they're connected to ocean temperatures, but either whichaway in Seattle they both spell r.a.i.n.

I'm not seeing any difference between the two weather patterns. Wet or wet.
Ask Algore I'm sure he knows the answer.
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Old 10-26-2010, 10:33 AM
 
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I`m wondering what`s up to. Weather channel is predicting more of a wetter pattern were I live. We had a bad winter last year and if their predictions are right, it will be the same as last year. But now Nowa has changed their predictions. According to them, we have equal chance. I`m hoping that we just end up with a dryer winter.
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Old 10-26-2010, 03:00 PM
 
Location: New Jersey
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Strange. Last winter was cold and wet across the south and northeast.

Should be interesting to see what winter brings this year.
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Old 10-26-2010, 04:22 PM
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Strange. Last winter was cold and wet across the south and northeast.

Should be interesting to see what winter brings this year.
Cold and wet across the northeast? This winter was mostly slightly warmer than usual, and about average wetness, at least in New England. It was definitely nicer than the winter last year. There was a big storm in December and maybe 1 or 2 in Feburary, but other than that it wasn't very wet. I remember climbed a mountain in Southern Vermont (Mt. Ascutnery) in the middle of Feburary that was mostly snow free until about halfway up.
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