A climatologist with the University of Nebraska at Lincoln expects an up and down winter, with warm stretches followed by very cold stretches.
Ken Dewey with UNL says La Nina will create a dry winter, but one that will alternate between stretches of warmer than normal weather followed by stretches of extreme cold.
“Down in the southwestern U.S. that is just going to prolong their decades-long drought,” Dewey tells LNK Today on Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KLIN. “For us, what happens is, it allows a jet stream to set up from the Pacific Northwest down into the Midwest and this is the most annoying winter pattern we could ever have.”
That’s because, according to Dewey, La Nina will never allow the winter to settle into a predictable pattern.
“So, watch out, this winter could be one of both extremes: mild dry days, but extremely cold dry days,” Dewey says. “Not a particularly snowy winter, because the air is just going to keep coming down out of Canada or out of the desert southwest.”
It won’t be winter, but a cold front is moving into Nebraska this weekend, bringing temperatures down into the 80s and perhaps even the 70s the next couple of weeks.