Forecasters predict warmer winter for two-thirds of US
Expect a drier, warmer winter down south and a wetter winter up north, U.S. government forecasters said Thursday. The National Weather Service predicted two-thirds of the U.S. will see above average temperatures from December through February, while the Pacific Northwest and southern Alaska will likely get colder than usual. The Midwest, Northwestern states and Hawaii should expect above normal precipitation while the South will have less.news.yahoo.com
Families of Black men slain by police are hopeful for reform
The family and representatives of Black men slain by the police met with senators and White House officials Thursday — and left optimistic that police reform could be approved by May 25, the anniversary of the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Following a joint congressional address Wednesday night in which President Joe Biden asked Congress to approve reform by May 25, the families and their representatives met with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York, Democratic Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey, Republican Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina and Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina.news.yahoo.com
Australia sweltered through its 4th-hottest year in 2020
Australia has sweltered through its fourth-hottest year on record despite the usually cooling impact in recent months of the La Nina climate pattern, the nations weather bureau said on Friday, Jan. 8, 2021. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft,File)CANBERRA – Australia sweltered through its fourth-hottest year on record last year despite the recent return of the usually cooling La Nina climate pattern, the nation’s weather bureau said on Friday. La Nina, the cooler flipside of the better known El Nino, was declared in the Pacific Ocean in September. La Nina occurs when equatorial trade winds become stronger, changing ocean surface currents and drawing up cooler deep water. The hottest temperature in Australia for 2020 was 48.9 degrees Celsius (120 degrees Fahrenheit) recorded at the height of the wildfire emergency at Penrith in New South Wales state on Jan. 4.
Freezing rain, ice, possible snow in store for New Year’s Day weather: ‘Everybody needs to be careful out there.’
As the new year began, the long-term outlook for the rest of winter in the Chicago area was not so bad. A La Nina system of cooler temperatures in the east Pacific was expected to continue the mild pattern seen in the fall, with slightly above average temperatures, but also a chance of slightly greater than normal precipitation.chicagotribune.com
UN weather agency: Moderate to strong La Niña this year
BERLIN – The La Niña climate phenomenon has developed and is expected to last into next year, affecting temperatures, precipitation and storm patterns across the world, the U.N. weather agency said Thursday. A La Niña usually means a more active Atlantic hurricane season, with more and perhaps stronger storms. The World Meteorological Organization in Geneva said La Niña, characterized by abnormally cold sea surface temperatures in the eastern Pacific Ocean, is “expected to be moderate to strong” this year. The global declaration of a La Niña event is used by governments to help plan responses in vulnerable sectors like agriculture, health, water resources and disaster management, the WMO said. This year’s La Niña is expected to bring drier than usual conditions to East Africa during the planting season, which the U.N. weather agency called “a further worrying development which may add to the food security challenges in the region.”In North America, La Niña typically brings more rain to the north of the continent and less to the south.
Forecasters: Drought more likely than blizzards this winter
Two-thirds of the United States should get a warmer than normal winter, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicted. Only Washington, northern Idaho, Montana, the Dakotas and northwestern Minnesota, will get a colder than normal winter, forecasters said. The rest of the nation will likely be closer to normal, NOAA said. Judah Cohen, a winter weather specialist for the private firm Atmospheric Environmental Research, sees a harsher winter for the Northeast than NOAA does. But he said La Nina is the strongest indicator among several for what drives winter weather.
What La Nia means for Michigan winter
Youve likely heard the terms El Nio and La Nia, but in case you dont know, heres a quick breakdown of what they are:El Nio and La Nia are the warm and cool phases of a recurring climate pattern across the tropical Pacificthe El Nio-Southern Oscillation, or ENSO for short. El Nio & La Nia (El Nio-Southern Oscillation) (NOAA)The pattern can shift back and forth irregularly every two to seven years, and each phase triggers predictable disruptions of temperature, precipitation, and winds. This year, we could have a La Nia: A cooling of the ocean surface, or below-average sea surface temperatures (SST), in the central and eastern tropical Pacific Ocean. During a La Nia winter, the arctic jet moves south and typically brings above-average precipitation to our region. La Nia watch continues.
Metro Detroit weather: Scattered thunderstorms possible today
Once Bertha passes by, skies should become partly cloudy, and scattered thunderstorms are possible by late afternoon / early evening...some of which could have torrential downpours. It will be another hot and humid day, with highs generally near 80 degrees (27 degrees Celsius), and a south wind at 5 to 10 mph. Sunday will be a "sun day," with light wind and highs in the mid 60s (18 to 19 degrees Celsius). Partly cloudy with a chance of thunderstorms on Tuesday, and highs in the low to mid 70s (23 to 23 degrees Celsius). Partly sunny with a chance of thunderstorms on Wednesday, and highs near 80 degrees (27 degrees Celsius).