The natural temporary weather phenomenon La Nina is gone and that's good news for a disaster-weary Southeast. Weather disasters generally but not specifically connected to La Nina repeatedly smacked the region during the three years it lasted.
The cooling in the Pacific Ocean has gone on for three years. Its end is usually good news for the U.S. and other parts of the world, including drought-stricken northeast Africa, scientists said.
In a world getting used to extreme weather, 2023 is starting out bonkers. Meteorologists are saying it's typical weather weirdness, with a boost from human-caused climate change.
It's the first time this century that La Niña has returned for three consecutive years, according to the UN's weather agency. The pattern influences weather events worldwide.
The latest estimate from various forecast centers around the world say the planet is approaching a warming threshold international agreements are trying to prevent.
The climate pattern known as La Niña generally brings winters that are drier and warmer than usual across the southern U.S. and cooler and wetter in the northern part of the country.