La Nina winter forecast: Chicago should brace for more snow than normal in winter 2022-2023, NOAA says

La Nina winter forecast: Chicago should brace for more snow than normal in winter 2022-2023, NOAA says

CHICAGO (TOC) — Chicago ought to brace for a snowier winter than regular this yr, in line with the U.S. Winter Outlook launched by the Nationwide Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Thursday.

NOAA forecasters are calling for a basic La Niña sample, and this yr, it is what they’re calling a “Triple Dip” La Niña.

La Niña means there shall be cooler than regular ocean temperatures within the japanese Pacific Ocean close to the equator off the South American coasts. The cooler water impacts climate patterns within the U.S., particularly through the winter months of December, January and February.

A “Triple Dip” signifies that that is the third yr in a row that the U.S. will expertise La Niña situations.

“It’s distinctive to have three consecutive years with a La Niña occasion. Its cooling affect is briefly slowing the rise in world temperatures – but it surely won’t halt or reverse the long-term warming pattern,” Petteri Taalas, the secretary-general of the World Meteorological Group, stated in a latest report.

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There have solely been two different “triple dip” La Niñas in recorded historical past: 1971/1972 and 2000/2001.

In every of these winters, the Higher Midwest and Nice Lakes areas had colder than regular winters, in line with NOAA.

This winter, NOAA forecasters are predicting temperatures shall be close to regular within the Chicago space. However Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota and components of northern Michigan are anticipated to see beneath regular temperatures.

As for snow, NOAA stated cities like Chicago, Milwaukee and Detroit might see a snowier than regular winter with above common precipitation predicted throughout the Nice Lakes area.

ABC Information’ Max Golembo contributed to this report.

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