Goodbye, El Niño; hello, La Niña
Published: Sunday, Jun. 27, 2010With summer under way, a new rain season beginning Thursday and the Mid-State Fair just around the corner, I thought it would be interesting to look at the long-range forecast.
The moderate El Niño condition (warmer than normal ocean water in the equatorial and eastern Pacific), which shifted the position of the jet stream further south, thereby directing more Pacific storms toward the Central Coast last winter, has ended.
Over the last few months, ocean water temperatures have decreased. In fact, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Climate Prediction Center in Camp Springs, Md., has issued a La Niña watch (colder than normal ocean water in the equatorial and eastern Pacific) for late summer into the fall and winter as ocean water temperatures are expected to continue to diminish.
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