Is La Nina Returning?

El Nino certainly gave us a lot to talk about this past winter. From the massive Christmas Eve blizzard to the Arctic cold and ice in January to temperatures remaining well below normal. But, signs are now pointing that the El Nino that left us all talking for months about the weather is coming to an end and that we may be transitioning to a La Nina phase in the next couple months. So, what exactly is La Nina? It’s the cooling of the ocean waters across The Equatorial regions of The Pacific Ocean.

So, how do the cooler temperatures in The Pacific Ocean impact us here in The United States?

La Nina usually spells trouble for some parts of North America and “good news” for others. The “good news” is that the Rocky Mountains will see more snow than normal. Good for skiing. Unfortunately, Oklahoma will be in the “troubled” spot. La Nina does not really impact North America until the winter time. So, having warm and dry conditions during our driest time of the year will likely lead to an enhanced fire risk and a less of a chance of seeing a White Christmas. 😦

-Damon

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