California will have a rare third year of a La Nia

A rare third year of La Niña is on deck for California, forecasters say

California will enter 2019 with a rare third year of La Niña weather, forecasters say. In the winter of 2018, a La Niña storm disrupted air traffic and brought torrential rains to Southern California

California has been dealing with abnormally warm conditions for the past 150 years, but what happens next could be a doozy. For the first time in 150 years, the state will have a third year of a La Niña ocean-atmospheric pattern, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Tuesday.

It’s the first time since the early 1900s that California has had a La Niña year, according to the National Weather Service. La Niña is a term for an El Niño and it’s been on the books since 1983.

According to the weather service, this is the rarest La Niña and the first to last more than three years.

La Niña is a pattern of abnormally warm temperatures and below-average rainfall that often develops in the South Pacific Ocean.

Typically, a La Niña year is in response to the strengthening of a Pacific Ocean El Niño, experts say.

La Niña is a climate pattern that tends to bring above-average rainfall to the south-central United States in the wintertime.

An above average amount of rainfall is usually followed by below-average precipitation. The rain typically falls in the form of heavy, persistent storms that can lead to flash floods and mudslides, according to the NOAA.

If the La Niña continues to develop, then there’s a high risk of flooding, erosion and mudslides in California as well as in Arizona, Nevada, Utah and northern Mexico, according to the National Weather Service.

And, that, of course, would mean a repeat of the 2018 flooding in Southern California.

The flooding during 2018 has already pushed the region to the top of the list of states that have had a year with La Niña since 2016. For comparison, in 2015, six other states were on the list, according to the Weather Service.

“In the Southern California region, this is the third year of a La Niña,” said meteorologist Joe Berrigan in December 2018.

In fact, more people have been affected by flooding this

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