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Outlook for beginning of 2018 shows continued influence of La Niña

The latest 3-month outlooks from NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center, show the continuing influence of La Niña, which normally brings above normal temperatures and below normal precipitation to large parts of the Southeast. That does not mean we won’t see any cold weather, since Arctic outbreaks can occur even in La Niña winters, and certainly we’ve seen some chilly weather already this winter. La Niña is currently well established and is expected to wane over the next few months as we move back towards neutral conditions.