Easing of La Nina weather pattern projected
La Nina weather conditions are expected to ease in the first quarter of 2023, possibly bringing a more active weather pattern to Iowa with better chances for much-needed precipitation that would mitigate drought conditions dominating the Midwest for the past three years.
Iowa’s State Climatologist Justin Glisan said forecast models are pointing to a softening of La Nina conditions, which are now in their third year, but it won’t be a quick fix.
“The longer-term climate models and numerical models are suggesting a potential for wetter conditions,” Glisan said during the final 2022 North Central U.S. Climate and Drought Outlook program last week. “This won’t be a snap of the finger or a flip of the...
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