Denver residents who love to ski and snowboard are in for a huge treat this winter. Whether experts are predicting massive snowfall totals for Colorado ski resorts, many of which are just over an hour away from Denver. So, what the heck is a Super El Nino and what causes it?
According to weatherman Chris Tomer, “Ocean water in the south Pacific Ocean is more than 3 degrees Celsius warmer than normal. That warmer water tends to affect the position of the jet stream (storm track) heading into fall, winter and sometimes spring. The bottom line: The storm track will split and deliver heavier than normal precipitation to parts of California, the desert Southwest and the Gulf Coast.”
Denver and the Front Range have seen some of the biggest snowstorms during El Nino years. 1982, ’83 and ’97 snowstorms dumped over 20 inches of snow on the Denver Metro Area. However, the biggest snowstorm in recent history occurred in 2003 when a mid-March blizzard delivered 31.8 inches in Denver, making it one of the costliest storms to address, at a whopping $33.6 million, based on insurance claims.
This is great news for ski and snowboard enthusiasts thinking about moving to Denver. Quick and easy access to some of the world’s best ski resorts and mountain recreation is just one of the many perks you’ll get when you make Denver your home. Forbes Magazine just named Denver America’s best city for businesses and careers for 2015. Coloradans are insanely into sports, the outdoors, craft beer and music. In recent years, the Denver restaurant scene has exploded with new nationally adored institutions like Stueben’s, Root Down, Watercourse and Work and Class. If you like food, beer, jobs and the outdoors then Denver is the city for you.