Winter 2022-2023 will feature La Nina conditions (cooler than average water temperatures) across the Equatorial Pacific for the third time in a row, also referred to as a “triple dip La Nina”. A triple dip La Nina has only happened three times since records have been kept: 1954-57, 1973-76 and 1998-2001. So what does this mean for the upcoming winter across the Washington Area?
Will this winter be similar to last year? Not necessarily. La Nina is a bit stronger this year and is also forecast to weaken and or dissipate into neutral conditions as we head into March 2023.