This winter likely to be warmer

NOAA says a La Niña weather pattern is shaping up that will bring colder and wetter weather to the Pacific Northeast this winter, but warmer and drier weather than average weather to the southeast. (Graphic courtesy NOAA)

October 22, 2010 7:12:07 AM PDT
If you thought last winter's weather was unusually cold, wet, and miserable, a new outlook from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration may cheer you up as we head into this winter.

NOAA says a La Niña weather pattern is shaping up that will bring colder and wetter weather to the Pacific Northeast this winter, but warmer and drier weather than average to the southeast.

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La Niña is cooler than normal water temperatures in the Equatorial Pacific Ocean. It's the opposite of the better known El Niño which is associated with warmer than normal water temperatures.

NOAA stresses this is a long-range outlook, and it'll know more as we get closer to the end of the year.

"La Niña is in place and will strengthen and persist through the winter months, giving us a better understanding of what to expect between December and February," said Mike Halpert, deputy director of the Climate Prediction Center - a division of the National Weather Service - in a news release. "This is a good time for people to review the outlook and begin preparing for what winter may have in store."

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