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Video Update: La Niña Ski Report

What ski resorts will get dumped on this La Niña winter and what regions will be left high and dry? Climate Central's Heidi Cullen explains.

On the heels of their La Niña Winter Weather Outlook—which I turned into a ski report—the good folks at Climate Central have released a video update.

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The bottom line: Skiers and snowboarders in the Pacific Northwest are going to be very, very happy this winter.

One amazing stat that I learned from the video (which should have Washington-based snowbirds drooling) is that during the 1998-1999 La Niña winter, Mt. Baker received 1,140 inches of snow. For those of you who don't speak "pow," that's a ridiculous, mind-blowing, adrenaline-spiking amount of snow. Mt. Baker's average is 615 inches; Alta's is 514 inches; Vermont's Jay Peak, which is generally considered the East's snowiest resort, averages 355 inches.

Of course, whenever there's a big snowstorm—or big snow season—someone will use it as an opportunity to disprove global warming. Which is actually getting it quite backwards, as Weather Underground's Jeff Masters told us last winter.

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U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin mocked the teenager on Thursday during a press briefing in Davos.

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