Long-range weather forecast for Winter 2011/12 predicts early ski season for French Alps

Chamonix ski chalet Maison Jaune has just released its long-range weather forecast for Winter 2011/12 for the Chamonix and the French Alps predicting a cold early start to the ski season, and an early spring.
 
Oct. 13, 2011 - PRLog -- Chamonix ski chalet Maison Jaune has just released its long-range weather forecast for Winter 2011/12 for the French Alps.

The latest information appears to predict a “La Nina” and negative “North Atlantic Oscillation” (NAO-) which would forecast a colder and slightly drier than normal start to the season (which is great for freezing the ground so the first snowfall sticks), followed by a relatively normal winter, and an early Spring.

Last season was also La Nina but with Greenland blocking which resulted in one of the coldest UK winters with abundant snow.  The Winter 2011/12 season will be quite similar.

In addition, the long term 60 year cycles of El Nino and North Atlantic Oscillation are both about to enter the negative phases of their cycles, and as the last two sun spot activity cycles mirror the start of the Dalton minimum (1790-1830 - a period of reduced sun spot activity with unusally cold weather globally) this could mean we are about to enter a period of lower than average temperatures for the next few years which is great news for the ski industry.

View the complete forecast and explanations here: http://www.maison-jaune.com/blog/545/long-range-weather-f...

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