After the endless summer finally ends, another cold winter awaits
KUOW talks with Karin Bumbaco, Washington's assistant state climatologist about why we're in store for another cold winter.
NOAA's Climate Prediction Center is predicting a third straight La Niña pattern this winter for Washington state, which means colder than normal temperatures from December through February.
“It is unusual,” Bumbaco told KUOW, further noting that state weather records only go back 73 years. “This has only happened two other times in that 73 year record."
The winter of 2000-2001 was a third La Niña in a row. The Northwest had another "triple-dip La Niña event" in the winter of 1975-1976.
This means the region will be about a degree colder than usual over the winter. What that means for the weather, however, remains to be unseen at this point. Bumbaco says there are equal chances of more precipitation and less precipitation than usual.
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