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 Climate.gov (@NOAAClimate) October 14, 2021