La Nina likely to continue

(Reuters) — A U.S. government weather forecaster says La Nina conditions are predicted to continue through the winter in the Northern Hemisphere.

The Climate Prediction Center, an agency of the National Weather Service, recently pegged the chance of La Nina developing at 65 to 75 percent.

The agency in its October advisory had projected a 55 percent to 65 percent chance of the phenomenon developing during the Northern Hemisphere’s fall and winter.

“La Nina is likely to affect temperature and precipitation across the United States during the upcoming months,” the agency said.

La Nina emerged last year for the first time since 2012. The phenomenon, characterized by unusually cold ocean temperatures in the equatorial Pacific Ocean, is linked with floods and droughts.

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