What is in this article?:
- Georgia‚Äôs third wettest year despite subdued tropical season
- Another year of variable weather?
- Georgia rainfall in 2013 was almost 15 inches above the annual average.
- Georgia is likely to go through periods of relative warmth as well as significant cold spells for the next few months.
Another year of variable weather?
In 2014 Georgians can expect more highly variable weather conditions through the rest of the winter and into the spring, due to the lack of an El Nino or La Nina. This means that Georgia is likely to go through periods of relative warmth as well as significant cold spells for the next few months. This increases the likelihood of a snow or ice storm in the next two to three months, particularly in north Georgia. It also increases the likelihood of a late frost, which could damage crops and flowers that are planted early.
Early forecasts for the coming year indicate that El Nino is likely to develop in mid- to late summer in the eastern Pacific Ocean and could affect fall and winter conditions next year. Statistically, in an El Nino winter, Georgia is likely to experience wetter and cooler conditions than normal due to the presence of a strong jet of air from the tropics, which brings active weather — including clouds and rain — to the southeastern U.S. Tropical storm activity is likely to be reduced in El Nino summers.