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Summer 2016 Could Bring the Heat

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Posted at 6:50 PM, May 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-12 18:50:44-04
El-Nino played a huge role in the unique Winter Baltimore experienced this year. It's influence kept us fairly mild, yet contributed to Maryland's largest snow storm ever.

Now it appears the pattern is forecast to flip towards a La-Nina by Fall, with our Summer caught between the transition. La-Nina, is the complete opposite of an El-Nino, where temperatures in the Eastern and Central Pacific Ocean are cooler than normal.

Models have been supporting a nose dive towards a La-Nina pattern over the last few months.

No El-Nino or La-Nina is the same, but historically, this set-up contributes to a warmer than normal Summer for the Mid-Atlantic and East Coast. Another set up we're considering are the Atlantic sea surface temperatures, which are forecast to be the highest in nearly five years. This will also contribute to a pretty hot summer - especially for the East Coast.

As the forecasts evolve we'll continue to add blogs on how a La-Nina pattern impacts Maryland's hurricane & winter seasons.