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La Nina Comes to an End

May 4, 2012
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 La Nina is over, according to the National Weather Service.  The weather pattern based on central Pacific Ocean temperatures has been to blame for some of the unseasonable weather we’ve had over the course of a few years.  We’ve gone from the wettest April’s on record in 2011 to a very dry April this year.  To discuss some of our weather pattern oddities Chad Lampe  spoke with Warning Coordination Meteorologist Rick Shanklin.

Weather thus far for 2012 has not only broke high-temperature records for our region, but for the majority of the US as well.  March highs for the Four Rivers region were nearly 15 to 20 degrees warmer than normal.  The national average for the same period was just over 8 and a half degrees higher.  According to The Paducah Sun, the National Weather Service is reporting the past winter as the third warmest on record for the area.  Paducah meteorologist Robin Smith says the warmer weather is due to an extended La Nina effect, preventing fronts from moving through the region.  McCracken Count