La Niña Warning

Forecasters now warn that La Niña is on the horizon, spelling potential trouble for the Atlantic hurricane season. La Niña, the opposite of El Niño, can intensify atmospheric circulation patterns, leading to stormier conditions in certain regions, like here along the Virginia coast. In the Atlantic, La Niña reduces wind shear, creating a favorable environment for hurricanes. With forecasters predicting a swift transition to La Niña by late summer, concerns arise for coastal communities up and down the east coast. Additionally, La Niña’s impacts extend globally, affecting rainfall patterns and climate conditions in regions like the U.S. Southwest and Southern Hemisphere.