WMU News

Forecast is good for winter fun

November 19, 1998

KALAMAZOO -- Last year, the phenomenon known as El Nino ruined the season for winter sports enthusiasts. Things are expected to be just the opposite this year thanks to El Nino's sister, La Nina. According to Stephen Podewell, WMU instructor of geography and an authority on El Nino and La Nina episodes, the effect of La Nina this winter should bring an extended winter filled with above normal snowfalls in Michigan. El Nino is characterized by a warming of sea surface temperatures off the coast of Peru, while La Nina is just the opposite, bringing cool nutrient-rich water to the surface. Michigan residents should see La Nina's effects toward the latter part of winter, with cold temperatures and higher snowfall predicted for February through early March. Media representatives may contact Podewell at (616) 387-4988.

Media contact: Marie Lee, 616 387-8400, marie.lee@wmich.edu

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