NOAA released their latest 3-month predictions for November through January today. The maps show a clear El Nino signal in precipitation with wet conditions expected across southern AL and GA and northern FL, as expected from previous strong El Nino events. Temperature predictions show warmer than normal conditions across the northern part of the US as expected, with conditions in more southern regions at even chances of near, above, or below normal due to the conflicting pulls of El Nino and rising temperatures due to greenhouse warming. The good news for those of us that are currently in drought conditions is that the drought is expected to be removed over the next few months due to the rain that is expected from El Nino, although there is no short-term relief in sight, which is a problem for those of you trying to get winter grains or pastures established. You can read more at

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