The much-needed snow has not come, so ski’ing hasn’t brought deep-pocketed visitors to the Taos slopes.
More importantly the early Spring and lack of Winter snow in the Sangre de Cristo means our Rio Bravo runs a bit above average now – but will diminish rapidly as predicted wet-storm activity decreases.
While La Niña has caused dramatic weather on both the East and West coasts, and strangely warm days across the middle of the continent, the ocean current is now moving away from the Americas – without any of the slow (but typical) transitions we see to an El Niño cycle in the Eastern Pacific.
Looking at current jet-stream activity, and the large/fast change in ocean-water temperatures attributable to loss of the La Niña current, it appears the Southwestern mountain states (AZ, NV, UT, CO, NM, TX) will return to severe drought status by the end of Summer 2017. Wildfire risk in forested areas will become a significant tourism consideration in the ensuing Spring skiing and Summer outdoor recreation periods.