From the middle of January through the end of May 2016, the eastern Pacific showed a decrease in water temperature. Since late May, temperatures have leveled off but remain cooler than average.
Long range forecasts are difficult to predict accurately, but if the water stays cooler than normal in the coming months, La Niña will influence our climate through the upcoming winter season. During La Niña events, the jet stream tends to favor the northern tier of the country, rather than the southwestern U.S., and is the main reason that Colorado usually measures less snow.
Justin McHeffey provides nightly reports from the Mobile Weather Lab. He travels Colorado in search of Mother Nature’s most powerful and beautiful conditions. Like his Facebook page Meteorologist Justin McHeffey and follow him on Twitter @WeatherMcHeffey.