The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center said this week that it has seen La Niña develop in the ocean and likely to continue over the winter and into next spring.

La Niña’s climate pattern is returning for the second straight year, bringing above average temperatures and changes in rainfall patterns to many parts of the US this winter, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration revealed Thursday.

More than half of the Western US is currently experiencing severe or extraordinary drought, according to the Drought Monitor.

The Northern Plains and Missouri River Basin are predicted to experience a severe to exceptional drought this weekend, NOAA said.

La Niña events occur every few years and scientists have only reported eight examples of twice the number of crashes.

NOAA Weather Radio

NOAA Weather Radio is an automated 24-hour network of VHF FM weather radio stations in the United States that broadcast weather information directly from a nearby National Weather Service office. (wikipedia)

National Hurricane Center

The National Hurricane Center is the division of the United States’ NOAA/National Weather Service responsible for tracking and predicting tropical weather systems between the Prime Meridian and the (wikipedia)

Deep Space Climate Observatory

Deep Space Climate Observatory is a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration space weather, space climate, and Earth observation satellite. It was launched by SpaceX on a Falcon 9 v1. (wikipedia)

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Climate of New York (state)

The climate of New York state is generally humid continental, while the extreme southeastern portion of the state lies in the warmer humid subtropical climate zone. (wikipedia)