By Scott Bolthouse
Good news is in sight if you’re dreading the upcoming winter season.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reported yesterday that a strong El Niño will impact this year’s winter season, likely throwing warmer temperatures and less precipitation our way.
This is big news for the Great Lakes region following last year’s brutal winter, which slammed the region with record cold and snowfall.
According to the NOAA, El Niño influences weather and climate patterns by impacting the position of the Pacific jet stream.
“A strong El Niño is in place and should exert a strong influence over our weather this winter,” said Mike Halpert, deputy director, NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center in the report.
However, other weather systems like “Arctic Oscillation” from the North Pole and “Nor-easters” from the East Coast will still have an impact on Michigan weather.
For now, if you prefer less snow and warmer temps, hope that El Niño continues to build strength.