November 30, 2016

After Seasons of Speculation La Niña is Here

by Anthony Wright

Meteorologists and other weather watchers have been keeping an eye on La Niña for the past several months. Early in November, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) declared definitively: La Niña is here.

That means a few things. Though currently La Niña looks relatively weak, it’s still anticipated to bring about some climate anomalies throughout the United States and Canada this winter. From NOAA, here’s a map detailing what we can expect:

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(Source: NOAA)

Throughout this summer, there were indications that we may see the weather phenomenon this winter. First, we witnessed one of the strongest El Niños ever, which tend to be followed by La Niña events. But by August, we were faced with uncertainty, as the scientific community was unsure whether we’d see a La Niña after all.

But now that it’s here, we can make some firmer predictions for weather patterns across the next several months. And predictability is good. We may be able to correlate these anticipated effects—including cooler, wetter temperatures in the Pacific Northwest and Midwest and much colder air sweeping down from Canada—with housing market and homeowner upgrades. Because there’s nothing like cold, wet weather to make people realize it might be time to upgrade their windows.

I’ll be keeping watch on how La Niña continues to develop throughout the rest of the year and into 2017. Check back for updates.

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Posted: November 30, 2016 by Anthony Wright Filed under: trends, weather, cold