WE’RE BOUNCING BACK TO LA NINA

Cold Pacific waters show little hope for drought-breaking rains in the south.

The 2011 Atlantic hurricane season is continuing to produce an above average number of tropical storms due to the multidecadal cycle that began in 1995 and much warmer than normal Atlantic sea temperatures, but steering currents and westerly winds continue to reduce the chances of drought-relieving storms for the southern U.S. as we head into our winter dry season that begins in November. Rainy winters over the southern U.S. normally occur in combination with eastern Pacific EL Nino conditions. The hint of a possible El Nino formation we saw in the spring has faded away along with the chances for winter rains to bring widespread relief to drought-stricken parts of the southern U.S.

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