Colorado Seasonal August 25, 2022
Don’t Splurge On A New Coat, Colorado Is In For Another Warm La Niña Winter
It’s official: Colorado will experience its THIRD La Niña winter in a row, a rare and virtually unseen occurrence in the Centennial State. What exactly does this mean, and what does the La Niña entail? We have the details (including why you shouldn’t need to invest in a new coat):
According to the National Weather Service and its recently released
El Nino/Southern Oscillation (ENSO) Diagnostic Discussion, "La Niña is expected to continue, with chances for La Niña gradually decreasing from 86% in the coming season to 60% during December-February 2022-23."
As per their data, La Niña typically brings cold and stormy temperatures to the north, and drier conditions to the south, meaning the southern sections of Colorado may have a drier winter, but our neighbors to the north (specifically northwest) may see more snow than usual.
What exactly is a La Niña? The La Niña is a weather pattern that begins in the Pacific Ocean and causes ocean surface temperatures to continue to cool, creating warmer than average winters in the south and colder than normal winters in the north.
In addition to temperature changes, a La Niña weather pattern can bring more destructive storms in the spring and summer, including thunderstorms and tornadoes.
What makes a third La Niña in a row so rare? Historically, the pattern occurs every three to five years and not consecutively.
To learn more about the La Nina weather pattern as well as other upcoming predictions about Colorado, please visit
the NOAA website.
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