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Weather Forecast: Dry and Cold Winter
By Vincent Lazaneo
An early storm drenched San Diego County in October and our rainfall was above normal for the fall, but the winter season may end up drier than usual.
The NOAA Climate Prediction Center (CPC) is currently tracking one of the largest La Nina events ever recorded. It could have a big impact on California weather this winter. Although it is not an exact science yet, the CPC long-term winter outlook for California is to be cold over the State and dry (mostly in Southern California).
In the past, California has experienced bad freeze/frost events during La Nina conditions, and we usually get a low snow pack leading to drought conditions the following summer. The conditions that we are experiencing this fall are typical of a La Nina event.
For more information and maps showing the outlook, go to http://www.cpc.noaa.gov/products/predictions//multi_season/13_seasonal_outlooks/color/churchill.php
Another characteristic of La Nina events is that the summer comes earlier during a La Nina.
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