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La Nina Impact on Winter 2017: Cold, Snowy, Wet

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By    |   Friday, 10 November 2017 08:36 AM

La Nina's impact on winter 2017 means colder and wetter conditions expected at least across the upper half of the U.S., according to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

International Business Times explained that La Nina (translated from Spanish as “little girl”) causes a drop in temperatures of the central and eastern equatorial Pacific Ocean and has already impacted oceanic and atmospheric conditions, with cooler-than-average sea-surface temperatures near the equator being recorded.

NOAA reported on Thursday that the climate pattern will bring above-average precipitation and colder-than-average temperatures to northern parts of the U.S. and below-normal precipitation and drier conditions across southern parts.

Scientists are anticipating a weaker version of La Nina this year but have said it is likely to hang around until April 2018.

The Climate Prediction Center is expecting wetter, snowier and colder weather patterns on average throughout December, January and February.

There will be smatterings of warm ups and dry periods in-between but, according to experts, winter as a whole will favor the cooler conditions.

Accuweather noted that January is likely to bring the coldest month of the season, although the cold snaps in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic regions will dull significantly to temperatures in the northern parts, which could experience up to minus 30 degrees Fahrenheit at times.

Meanwhile, conditions in the southern Plains, Southwest and California will be milder and drier than last season.

The climate pattern could wreak havoc on agriculture, especially in Texas, said Texas A&M University agricultural economist Bruce McCarl, per USA Today.

His research has shown that production of most crops in the U.S. tend to go down in La Nina years.

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