National Weather Service Ups Chances For A La Niña Winter
Winter is in full swing and now, the National Weather Service has upped the chances of a La Niña winter.
According to the National Weather Service's Climate Prediction Center, we now have a ninety-five percent chance of seeing a La Niña winter event. The chances of us having a La Niña winter have slowly increased since the idea was first introduced back in September of this year.
A La Niña winter means a more intense winter season than usual, which is saying quite a bit for us here in the Northland! We can expect cooler temperatures than usual and above-average snowfall. A La Niña winter also means we will see more frequent arctic outbreaks than usual, too.
According to the National Weather Service, the La Niña winter has a strong chance of continuing into spring of 2021 as well. As of now, they are forecasting a sixty-five percent chance that the characteristics of a La Niña winter will continue from March through May. This won't be too hard for us, as we usually see cold temperatures and snowfall until that point anyway.
In the meantime, before winter really picks up, it looks like we will enjoy a pretty mild month of December for the most part. The National Weather Service of Duluth released their December outlook and the Northland is looking at above-average temperatures and near-normal precipitation.
As for the Old Farmer's Almanac, they are predicting a very snowy December with periods of very cold temperatures across the Northland.