La Niña has arrived and will stick around. Here is what that means for the dry Southwest and US hurricanes

La Niña has arrived and will stick around. Here is what that means for the dry Southwest and US hurricanes

(CNN)Winter weather, ongoing drought conditions and even the remainder of hurricane season will see impacts from a recent cooling of sea surface temperatures in the Pacific. La Niña conditions -- the opposite phase of El Niño -- have emerged in the tropical Pacific Ocean over the past month, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Climate Prediction Center said Thursday. La Niña typically brings conditions that are wetter and cooler than average to the Pacific Northwest and northern Plains, especially during the winter. In contrast, La Niña means drier and warmer-than-average conditions usually prevail in the South. This could mean the drought-stricken Southwest will likely stay drier. (La Niña also was present last winter and worsened the drought situation across the West and Southwest.) The Southeast is also typically drier during …
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