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Puget Sound area heading into second La Niña winter in a row

Oct 12, 2021, 4:37 PM
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Snow on a dock at Green Lake in Seattle in February 2021. (MyNorthwest photo)
(MyNorthwest photo)

It looks like the Puget Sound will have its second La Niña in a row this winter.

Aurora borealis streaks through night sky across Washington state

“That’s not uncommon at all,” Nick Bond, Washington state’s climatologist, told KIRO Radio. “In fact, about two-thirds of La Niñas are kind of in back-to-back fashion.”

This means that in Seattle, expect to probably see wetter, cooler temperatures for the next few months, but then things will be a bit drier and warmer January through March.

Climatologists say it’s hard to predict whether Seattle will get a lot of snow in the city this year, but in the mountains, skiers and “winter sports enthusiasts” should have a lot to look forward to, Bond said.

Visiting Washington’s Sno-Parks will cost more this fall, winter

The snow pack also tends to build up more during La Niña winters, which helps the region get through dry summers.

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Puget Sound area heading into second La Niña winter in a row