La Niña Advisory Issued: What That Means For Minnesota, Iowa, and Wisconsin
I'm not a big fan of winter so I wasn't very excited to see this news. The National Weather Service issued a La Niña advisory yesterday and explained what that potentially could mean for our winter months in Minnesota, Iowa, and Wisconsin.
The NWS says, "La Niña’s altered atmospheric circulation over the Pacific Ocean affects global weather and climate. Generally, La Niña winters in the southern tier of the US tend to be warmer and drier, while the northern tier and Canada tend to be colder."
The current 3-month outlook for December through February calls for above-average snowfall as well.
The Old Farmer's Almanac agrees with half of this long-range forecast. The Almanac does predict for a snowy winter but says we could have a warmer than average winter. They say, "In the Upper Midwest (Minnesota and Wisconsin and northern Michigan), snowfall will be above normal. In the eastern Dakotas, snowfall will be below normal. The snowiest periods will be in late December, early and late January, late February, and early March."
Speaking of cold weather, did you see the record that was set in Rochester this week? The National Weather Service says there's never been a colder high temperature at Rochester International Airport on September 8th.
I don't know about you, but I'm not ready for winter. Thankfully, temps will rebound for a while into the mid-70s next week.