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What La Nina means for the Borderland this Winter

A look at the winter forecast

El Paso, TX - La Nina is the cooling of equatorial waters along the equator in the Pacific, off the coast of South America. This cooler water impacts weather patterns globally.

Here in the Borderland, La Nina conditions typically bring us warmer and drier conditions, as it send all the active weather to our north.

For farmers this is bad news, "We rely on the snow pack in southern Colorado and northern New Mexico", says ABC-7's Doppler Dave, who is also a farmer.

Doppler adds, "We rely on irrigation water for pecan trees, cotton, wheat, and what have you".

Not every La Nina is the same though, "It doesn't mean everyday is going to be dry, doesn't mean it can't snow, doesn't mean you won't have colder conditions every now and then", says David Novlan with the National Weather Service in El Paso.

The last two La Nina Winters were the winters of 2010-2011, and 2011-2012. Both of those winters saw near average temperatures, despite a normal La Nina Winter having above average temperatures. 

Even though both of those winters saw near average temperatures overall, the winter of 2010-2011 was winter we saw the bone chilling February Freeze.

El Paso recorded an overnight low of just 1° on February 3rd, 2011. 

"You never have just the average weather throughout (the winter)", adds Novlan. 

This winter the Climate Prediction Center is calling for a typical La Nina Winter here in the Borderland, with warm and drier than average conditions expected. 


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