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February 2018 so far looks like La Niña

The climate for the first half of February 2018 in the Southeast shows warm conditions across most of the region, especially in the southern areas. Quite a change from January! Wet conditions are apparent in the northern sections, but drier than normal conditions are present in the Florida peninsula and along the Atlantic coast. This pattern of temperature and precipitation is just about what we would expect from a weak La Niña such as we have been experiencing this year. With above-normal temperatures expected in the region for the rest of February, some areas may come close to experiencing their warmest February on record. The axis of rain is expected to shift northward for the rest of the month, bringin more rain to the Ohio River Valley and less to southern portions of the region.