2018 Expected to Start Dry and Warm in the South, Cool and Wet Across the North Dec 21, 2017

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 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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