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An “El Nino” winter?

We are in the midst of an El Nino cycle. This occurs when the Pacific Ocean waters off of the South American coast are warmer than normal. Both El Nino and La Nina, the pattern of cooler Pacific waters, can have far-reaching affects on global weather patterns. Under an El Nino pattern, Northeast Kansas is most likely to see slightly warmer than normal temperatures this winter. We have equal chances of seeing above or below normal precipitation. However, there have been numerous instances where this seasonal prediction did not hold true. Considering we had a cooler and wetter than normal summer, how do you think the upcoming winter will shape up? Make your predictions.

— Ed Bloodsworth

November 15, 2009

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