La Nina transition trying to happen now

A principal atmospheric scientist with Nutrien Ag Solutions says the transition to a La Nina is trying to happen right now.

Eric Snodgrass tells Brownfield “If you look at the ocean temperatures, there’s a nice ribbon of cooler water that’s shown up. Trade winds have picked back up,” he says. “The problem is in May or June the correlation with anything happening along the Equator with our weather in the Midwest is it’s not strong enough to use it as the single thing.”

He says by July and August, weak La Nina conditions should be present.

“The question is how long does it persist and how strong does it get? We’re probably going to cap off the middle of this growing season to late July into August and see some tropical activity kicking off in the Atlantic.”

Snodgrass says means even if La Nina present there might not be a dry start to harvest in parts of the Midwest, because hurricane season can cause wet conditions.

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