La Niña Will Make Her Mark This Winter
El Niño dominated the winter months of 2015 and 2016 and it is expected that La Niña, its counterpart, will do the same this winter. La Niña is a climate pattern that is marked by cooler-than-normal ocean water in the central part of the Pacific Ocean. The patterns of La Niña and El Niño are the main drivers of the weather in the U.S. and what the government uses to announce their winter forecast. It is predicated that due to La Niña, the southern United States will most likely experience a dry, mild winter, while the northern U.S. will experience a cold and wet winter. The official U.S. winter forecast expects La Niña to affect the entire country – coast to coast. An official “La Niña Watch” was released last week from the prediction center.
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