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La Nina Winter for US? Inbound Pacific Storms May Be Hint

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Powerful inbound Pacific storms expected this week could be a sign of a La Nina winter. (catiamadio/Dreamstime.com)

By    |   Wednesday, 12 Oct 2016 11:04 AM

La Nina winter conditions may be in store for the U.S., with powerful storms expected to deluge the northwestern U.S. into next week emerging as a possible sign of a stormy winter.

At least three forceful storms are set to hit the northwestern U.S. from the latter part of this week to early next week, according to AccuWeather.

The storms could be an early sign of a La Nina-like pattern for the coming winter. According to AccuWeather, La Nina is “a pattern noted by a zone of cooler-than-average water temperatures in the tropical Pacific Ocean,” and depending on its strength and range, it could have a major impact on other weather patterns around the globe.

“The series of storms will bring heavy rain, high country snow and high winds to portions of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, northern California and western Montana, as well as neighboring British Columbia into next week,” said Brett Anderson, Senior Meteorologist with AccuWeather.

The storms will be powerful enough to take down trees, affect power outages and even cause damage to people’s properties.

The first storm is expected to hit on Thursday and go until Friday, AccuWeather noted. The blast will bring gusts between 50 and 60 mph on the coasts from northernmost California to Oregon and Washington.

The second storm, which is expected to contain more moisture, will come in Saturday and last through Sunday. Seas are expected to climb to dangerous heights ahead of the second storm, which might lead to coastal flooding for California, Oregon and Washington, AccuWeather noted.

As for the third and final storm, that’s expected to arrive Monday and remain active through Tuesday, and will likely lead to several inches of rain and flooding.

Countries like Japan are also in for a rude awakening. According to Japan Today, there’s a 60 percent chance that La Nina could be a consistent problem there this winter.

Japan’s weather bureau said on Tuesday that it expects a La Nina weather pattern has already emerged and could last throughout the winter months of December, January and February, Japan Today noted.

La Nina occurs unpredictably every two to seven years, according to Japan Today, and is described as consisting of unusually cold temperatures in the tropical Pacific Ocean.

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La Nina winter conditions may be in store for the U.S., with powerful storms expected to deluge the northwestern U.S. into next week emerging as a possible sign of a stormy winter.
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