|Rain drops on window this morning (early)|
La Niña = Dry, you say? Hmmm.... Hard to imagine when you see photos like this from the Huffington Post:
NOAA reportings state we are in La Niña, but per this NOAA report dated February13, 2012:
• La Niña has peaked across the equatorial Pacific.So, it seems the weather is changing, again.
• Sea surface temperatures (SST) are at least 0.5°C below average across much of the central and eastern equatorial Pacific Ocean.
• Atmospheric circulation anomalies are consistent with La Niña.
• La Niña is expected to transition to ENSO-neutral conditions during March-May 2012.
More of my research findings just in case you are interested (or bored):
A current NOAA El Niño/La Niña map of the Pacific's temperature here.
I love wikipedia for more specific details on the whole El Niño/La Niña situation:
El Niño/La Niña-Southern Oscillation, or ENSO, is a "quasiperiodic periodicity" (irregular intervals) climate pattern that occurs across the tropical Pacifica Ocean roughly every five years. The Southern Oscillation refers to variations in the temperature of the surface of the tropical eastern Pacific Ocean (warming and cooling known as El Niño and La Niña respectively) and in air surface pressure in the tropical western Pacific. The two variations are coupled: the warm oceanic phase, El Niño, accompanies high air surface pressure in the western Pacific, while the cold phase, La Niña, accompanies low air surface pressure in the western Pacific. Mechanisms that cause the oscillation remain under study.The extremes of this climate pattern's oscillations, El Niño and La Niña, cause extreme weather (such as floods and droughts) in many regions of the world. Developing countries dependent upon agriculture and fishing, particularly those bordering the Pacific Ocean, are the most affected. In popular usage, the El Niño-Southern Oscillation is often called just "El Niño". El Niño is Spanish for "the little boy" and refers to the Christ child, because periodic warming in the Pacific near South America is usually noticed around Christmas.If you want to know what effects La Niña is forcasted for your area: NOAA site Plenty of maps and graphs to keep a gardener busy on a rainy "La Niña" day in Texas.