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So long La Niña!

NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center announced today that La Niña is now officially over.  This is just as expected based on the predictions of a weak event from late last year.  The sea surface temperature map below shows that while the central Pacific is still colder than normal, the eastern Pacific…
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NOAA: La Niña update

NOAA released their January 2017 update for ENSO (the oscillation that is the combination of El Niño and La Niña) this week.  It shows that weak La Niña conditions still remain in the eastern Pacific, but that they are expected to go back to neutral conditions within two months.  Even…
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Climate.gov describes how La Niña works

The latest ENSO blog post from NOAA’s Climate.gov provides an excellent discussion of how La Niña causes shifts in temperature and precipitation across the Southeast and other regions of the US and other countries.  It describes the shifts in the jet stream associated with the pool of colder-than-normal ocean temperatures…
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“The mythical ‘endless summer’ is becoming a detested reality in South Florida”

While cold conditions have come and gone across a lot of the continental US, southern Florida has largely bypassed the frigid conditions and is experiencing record high temperatures.  In fact, according to Brian McNoldy in the Capital Weather Gang, “35 percent of all of our December heat-related records have been set…
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