Say goodbye to El Niño, and a hello to La Niña

Posted by on Saturday, June 11, 2016

La Niña 2007

El Niño is no more, however his sister La Niña will make an appearance likely by this Fall. La Niña is basically the opposite of El Niño. La Niña is a cooling of the water in the equatorial Pacific that occurs at irregular intervals and is associated with widespread changes in weather patterns. 

In the Pacific Ocean, there are now near-average to below average sea surface temperatures.

Global climate La Niña impacts tend to be opposite those of El Niño impacts. In the tropics, ocean temperature variations in La Niña also tend to be opposite those of El Niño.

During a La Niña year, winter temperatures are warmer than normal in the Southeast and cooler than normal in the Northwest.

El Niño contributed to a host of extreme weather events around the world. 

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