NWS briefing continues what we already know....drought conditions will persist and may do so through February. We can expect Fall like weather over the next 10 days and longer with clear skies, a few passing clouds, light NNE winds, high temperatures in the low to mid 70's and lows in the 40's and 50's. Still warmer than normal and MUCH drier "Fire Danger" conditions. We are in the D2 Severe Drought range due to the lack of moisture the last 2 months. September rain was .72 inches. October was .07 inches. November is not much better at .08 inches of rain so far.
Yes, La Nina has arrived and could hang around through winter, our government weather forecasters said Thursday.
La Nina, the flip side of El Nino, is the periodic cooling of the central Pacific Ocean that affects weather patterns around the globe. Predictions called for La Nina conditions to last through February.It's "anticipated to be a weak, short-lived event," said Mike Halpert of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Climate Prediction Center.In the United States, the arrival of La Nina usually brings wetter winters to the northern Rockies, Pacific Northwest and Ohio Valley and warmer, drier conditions to southern parts of the US.Their view says it's a 55 percent chance La Nina will stick around through winter, causing the drought to persist in Southern California and regions in the Southeast and southern Plains to experience dry conditions, NOAA said. Get out and enjoy the weather while we can. Focus on the need to use extreme caution to prevent fires.