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Forecasters Say La Niña Is Here

Government weather forecasters at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center have announced the arrival of La Niña—the flip side of El Niño—which is the periodic cooling of the central Pacific Ocean affecting weather patterns around the globe...
November 16, 2016

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Government weather forecasters at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center have announced the arrival of La Niña—the flip side of El Niño—which is the periodic cooling of the central Pacific Ocean affecting weather patterns around the globe. Their predictions call for a weak, short-lived La Niña that could last through February.

In the United States the arrival of La Niña usually brings wetter winters to the northern Rockies, Pacific Northwest and Ohio Valley and warmer, drier conditions to the southern portion of the country. NOAA also says there is a 55 percent chance La Niña will continue through winter, causing the drought to persist in Southern California and regions in the Southeast and southern Plains.

NOAA plans to release a winter forecast update next week. Last month, the agency predicted a wet winter in the northern Rockies, Great Lakes region, Hawaii, and western Alaska. Warmer and drier that normal conditions were predicted for the South, while it was a tossup for the middle portion of the country.

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