The weather, currently.
The weather is a-changin' for this weekend. We have another cold front coming through on Friday from Canada that will drop our temperatures by about 15 degrees and bring chances of rain.
Let's talk about rain coverage first. Expect most rain to hit the foothills and near the Palmer Divide area. In other words, if you are near the mountains or in the mountains, you will see rain sometime around the afternoon and evening. If you are in the city or Eastern Plains, then your chance of rain is low (like 20%).
As far as temperatures go, the cold front will usher in an area of cooler air and drop high temperatures down into the 50s for the afternoon. Our morning temperatures will be cool as well in the 40s.
Here's how the entire weekend looks:
1) Friday: Cool for most of the day. 40s in the morning. 50s in the afternoon with a low chance of rain.
2) Saturday: A little warmer. 40s in the morning. Mid 60s in the afternoon with sunshine.
3) Sunday: Even warmer. Temperatures in the 40s in the morning and 70s in the afternoon.
For all activities: Friday will be tricky for outdoor activities, given the frontal passage. My pick is doing any activity on Saturday and Sunday
What you need to know, currently.
Forecasters are expecting La Niña to last through February of 2023, the only time the phenomenon has spanned three winters in the last century, according to the World Meteorological Organization.
“It is exceptional to have three consecutive years with a La Niña event. Its cooling influence is temporarily slowing the rise in global temperatures – but it will not halt or reverse the long-term warming trend,” WMO Secretary-General Professor Petteri Taalas said in a press release.
La Niña is the complement to El Niño, opposing weather patterns in the Pacific Ocean — formed through a slight shifting of trade winds and a confluence of air pressure and ocean temperature — with the power to affect climate patterns around the world.
In a La Niña year, the jet stream tends to shift to the north, bringing warm, dry winters to the southern United States and cool, wet (or wetter) weather to the Pacific Northwest. In an El Niño year, the jet stream shifts south, reversing the pattern.
A new study published in Geophysical Research Letters suggests that this protracted La Niña pattern has been caused by climate change. Researchers found that even as global temperatures have risen, the sea surface in the southern Pacific has cooled. Scientists aren’t entirely sure why that’s happening — but when those cooler waters off the coast of South America meet shifting trade winds, they result in the La Niña conditions that have helped extend the prolonged drought in the Western United States.
"At some point, we expect anthropogenic, or human-caused, influences to reverse these trends and give El Niño the upper hand.” lead author, Robert Jnglin Wills, a research scientist in atmospheric sciences at the University of Washington said in a statement. “The climate models are still getting reasonable answers for the average warming, but there’s something about the regional variation, the spatial pattern of warming in the tropical oceans, that is off."
What you can do, currently.