NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center updated their forecast Thursday for January to March of 2018. The year is expected to start with above average temperatures across most of the southern parts of the country, with drier than normal conditions. Across most of the northern tier of the nation, cooler than normal temperatures are expected, along with wetter than normal weather.
The first 3 months of 2018 are forecast to be warmer than normal across the southern U.S. and up the eastern seaboard, while cooler than normal temperatures stretch from southern Alaska through the western Great Lakes. https://t.co/mOJL9KhAZX pic.twitter.com/d4RIulHNUX
— NWSCPC (@NWSCPC) December 21, 2017
The return of #drought conditions is forecast across southern California during the next 3 months. The strongest dry signal associated with #LaNina exists over Florida and parts of the Southeast, where drought development is also favored. https://t.co/CPY78JXHKa pic.twitter.com/BTRfRSoZcc
— NWSCPC (@NWSCPC) December 21, 2017
The Climate Prediction Center states that La Nina conditions are being observed in the Pacific Ocean and are expected to continue through the beginning of the year. La Nina (translated from Spanish as “little girl”) is a natural ocean-atmospheric phenomenon marked by cooler-than-average sea surface temperatures in the central Pacific Ocean near the equator. It’s the opposite of El Nino (“little boy”), which is when warmer than normal water temperatures are observed.
Typical La Nina patterns during winter include above-average precipitation and colder-than-average temperatures along the northern tier of the U.S. and below-normal precipitation and drier conditions across the South.
Edited for WeatherNation by Meteorologist Mace Michaels
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