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Wednesday, April 25, 2012 - 11:50am

La Nina Ending But Drought Remains

The National Weather Service says the La Nina weather pattern is winding down. It is blamed for a two-year drought in Georgia. But, the dry conditions are expected to persist.

As La Nina winds down, a so-called neutral weather pattern will take over. This means greater variability in rain and temperature.

But University of Georgia professor and climatologist David Stooksbury says it will stay dry because there isn't much soil moisture for spring and summer sunlight to evaporate.

“When the soils are dry, as they currently are, that normally leads to a hotter than normal summer and a drier than normal summer because a drought has a tendency to reinforce itself.”

Stooksbury says two-thirds of the state is still in extreme or exceptional drought.