Winter weather, protracted droughts and even the rest of the season are likely to see effects of the recent cooling of sea temperatures across the Pacific.

La Niña, which translates from Spanish to the word “little girl” is a natural oceangoing phenomenon characterized by unusually chilly surface temperatures in the central and eastern Pacific Ocean near the equator that affect weather globally.

La Niña conditions have arisen in the tropical Pacific in recent months representing the opposite phase of El Niño, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center announced Thursday.

“La Niña is anticipated to affect temperature and precipitation across the United States during the upcoming months,” the forecaster’s office said in a notice Thursday.

La Niña will stay on over winter in United States

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Both La Niña and the El Niño seem to on average happen every three to five years, according to NOAA.

La Niña tends to push down global temperatures, but in recent years the planet has warmed so quickly they’re now hitting a tiny speed bump at about 80 mph which it has hardly noticed.

El Niño–Southern Oscillation

El Niño–Southern Oscillation is an irregular periodic variation in winds and sea surface temperatures over the tropical eastern Pacific Ocean, (wikipedia)

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Effects of the El Niño–Southern Oscillation in the United States

The El Niño–Southern Oscillation affects the location of the jet stream, which alters rainfall patterns across the West, Midwest, the Southeast, and throughout the tropics. (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)

2021 Atlantic hurricane season

The 2021 Atlantic hurricane season is the ongoing Atlantic hurricane season, which is part of the annual tropical cyclone season in the northern hemisphere. As anticipated, (wikipedia)