WFO Miami WCM Robert Molleda conducts news conference on South Florida dry/winter season outlook (Photo: Dennis Feltgen, NWS)
(Oct. 19, 2010) - The National Weather Service forecast office in Miami teamed up with representatives from the South Florida Water Management District to hold a news conference announcing the 2010-2011 winter/dry season outlook.
Of particular significance for this dry season is the presence of a moderate to strong La Niña event. The news conference focused on potential impacts of a drier than normal dry season which are characteristic of La Niña events in South Florida, including impacts to the local water supply. The announcement of the dry season outlook also serves as an opportunity to raise public awareness about the potential impacts of a drier than normal dry season.
La Niña often features drier than normal conditions in the Southwest in late summer through the subsequent winter. Drier than normal conditions in the fall are also typical for the Central Plains.
In contrast, the Pacific Northwest is more likely to be wetter than normal in the late fall and early winter with the presence of a well-established La Niña. Additionally, on average, La Niña winters are warmer than normal in the Southeast and colder than normal in the Northwest.
For more information on La Niña events, visit: http://www.elnino.noaa.gov/lanina.html