See what La Niña means for future hurricanes and winter weather in Louisiana

Monday, 13 November 2017, 09:59:50 AM. Forecasters are predicting a La Niña weather pattern which portends a warm, dry winter for Louisiana but also means hurricane seasons could start getting worse.
Forecasters are predicting a La Niña weather pattern which portends a warm, dry winter for Louisiana but also means hurricane seasons could start getting worse. Peruvian fishermen once noticed unusually warm coastal water around Christmas, which they dubbed El Niño. The phrase literally means "the boy" in Spanish, but is a colloquial way to refer to the infant Jesus, oceanographer Billy Kessler wrote on the University of Washington's website. Conversely, when the water is cooler, it's called La Niña — "the girl." National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration In the 1960s, scientists realized the two phenomena actually extend to the wider Pacific, and have repercussions on the global climate. El Niño and La Niña cycle back and forth, with each lasting about three or four years before the other comes back, according to the Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory. The boy and the girl act as a seesaw on hurricane activity in the Atlantic and Pacific. La Niña suppresses Pacific cyclones but allows more hurricane activity in the Atlantic, producing the types of storms that can strike Louisiana, scientists wrote on a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration blog. Multiple forces factor into each individual storm, but meteorologists have said that one reason the 2016 season had so many destructive storms was a lack of the El Niño effect. As a result, there weren't shearing Atlantic winds around to tear apart the kind of storm systems that can devleop into hurricanes. +3 ...Read more
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