Climate outlooks

  • As we enter December, here is an update on the outlook for winter and spring climate conditions in the Southeast. We are currently in a weak to moderate La Niña, and that is likely to determine the overall climate conditions for the Southeast in the coming months. According to NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center, there is…

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  • Cross-posted from The Garden Professors blog (https://gardenprofessors.com/) In this blog I’ve talked several times about El Niño and La Niña and how they affect climate across the Northern Hemisphere as well as their impacts on the rest of the world. We are currently in a strong El Niño with sea surface temperatures in the Eastern…

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  • Showers this week

    The latest 7-day QPF map shows that most areas of the Southeast will see some rain this week but most areas will only see showers, not significant amounts. A system moving out of the northern region today is bringing a little snow to higher elevations and some rain to NC and VA. Midweek, the northern…

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  • The latest seasonal outlooks for the US were released by NOAA earlier this week. They show that the El Nino pattern of warm north, cool south is likely to continue through at least March. After that, the Southeast may return to values close to normal, or at least the seasonal forecast does not show the…

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  • The latest 7-day QPF map shows that most of the rain from the system that is currently in the region is moving south and is now in southern GA and AL and into Florida, where the front will stall over the next few days. That will bring a lot of rain to the Sunshine State,…

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  • If you live in or near Florida or are just interested in what is happening in that part of the Southeast, you may want to listen to or read this story from WUSF featuring David Zierden, the Florida State Climatologist. In this piece, he describes the record-setting temperatures in Florida in 2023 and the outlook…

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  • Once again, rain is expected to fall across a lot of the Southeast this weekend with the latest storm system moving across the region from west to east. On Saturday rain will fall mostly in the western sections of the Southeast, but the front will move to the east overnight, bringing rain to areas farther…

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  • Even though we are still in a strong El Nino, NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center issued a La Nina watch today for the expected swing from our current ENSO phase through neutral to the opposite phase, La Nina, by mid-summer. The speed at which the atmosphere transitions from one phase to another will determine what kinds…

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