|This map shows the most commonly experienced impacts related to |
El Niño during the period December to February
Images courtesy of the NWS/NCEP Climate Prediction Center.)
Don't freak out yet about El Niño, New Englanders, regardless of what the Farmer's Almanac has to say about our upcoming "worse-than-normal" winter. IF (and this is an important IF) the predicted El Niño comes to pass, it's more likely to mean a milder and drier winter for Southern New England, not a more severe winter. Of course, that's assuming the El Niño acts like a typical El Niño and doesn't do something off the charts bizarre.
So stay calm, keep breathing.
If you don't want a repeat of last winter, El Niño could be a good thing (around here anyway). Of course, no one knows for sure what a "monster" El Niño could mean for our region ultimately. But we'll know soon enough. For now, enjoy these dog days of August.
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