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La Nina Over Texas

Updated on January 18, 2014

What WIll Our Winter Look Like?

Our Fall began with lots of rain. August and September both produced rain in the area, refueling the lakes and watering the dry summer grasses and trees. It was a great start for a cooler, wet season here in Texas.

Slowly the temperatures began to rise. With days in the eighties and evenings in the high sixties and low seventies, we don't have anything to complain about. I must admit that I was looking forward to some cooler, even colder, temperatures. Texas is hot and the winters temperatures are a welcome relief from hot months.

Per the weathermen, La Nina is now over Texas. A series of storms forecast for this area fizzled out today, cutting our rain chances for the weekend. Blame it on La Nina.

With El Nino gone, La Nina will keep our area warmer and dryer this winter, or through the rest of the year. The local weatherman is forecasting a warmer, drier season for most of Texas. In my reading I discovered that some of Texas is still in a drought and this will increase drought conditions in these areas.

Central Texas is starting the dry season well with lakes above normal for this time of year. The recent rains helped raise our aquifer levels to a healthy place. While listening to the evening news last night, our upcoming season was compared to three years ago. Was that the beginning of this past two year drought?

Will we have another prolonged season with less than normal rain? I hope not. Move over La Nina and make way for the return of El Nino!

La Nina Over Texas

Per the weathermen, La Nina is now over Texas. A series of storms forecast for this area fizzled out today, cutting our rain chances for the weekend. Blame it on La Nina.

With El Nino gone, La Nina will keep our area warmer and dryer this winter, or through the rest of the year. The local weatherman is forecasting a warmer, drier season for most of Texas. In my reading I discovered that some of Texas is still in a drought and this will increase drought conditions in these areas.

Central Texas is starting the dry season well with lakes above normal for this time of year. The recent rains helped raise our aquifer levels to a healthy place. While listening to the evening news last night, our upcoming season was compared to three years ago. Was that the beginning of this past two year drought?

Will we have another prolonged season with less than normal rain? I hope not. Move over La Nina and make way for the return of El Nino!

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  • earthbound1974 profile image

    earthbound1974 7 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

    We've been experiencing La Nina this year here in the Philippines. Thanks for this reminder, PaulaK.

  • Merlin Fraser profile image

    Merlin Fraser 7 years ago from Cotswold Hills

    Hi Paula,

    I have a special interest in El Nino, being as was in Peru during the worse one in 1982 that all but wiped out the northern oilfields of Peru where I worked.

    Even at that time scientists had yet to acknowledge the fact that the Earth was round and that what happened weather wise in the Pacific had a knock on effect on the other side of the world.

    During the data gathering part of our companies insurance claim I was given the task of looking back and charting the history of El Niño’s.

    Being British we are accustomed to getting bad or wet summers but every now and then we get a good one and I noticed a correlation between bad El Niño’s and a good British summer and it is not a coincidence.

    Unfortunately, it now seems that with the growing knowledge o f La Niña’s the opposite effect is noticed, EG a bad La Niña’s is a prediction of a bad winter for us here in Britain.

    Watch this space and I’ll let you know if it’s true.

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