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Michigan to see colder and wetter than average winter

NWS Climate Prediction Center

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is predicting colder-than-average temperatures and wetter-than-average conditions for Michigan this winter.

Thay are also predicting a third consecutive year of a La Niña weather pattern, but there is little information on how it will affect this winter's conditions.

“There are different changes during the third La Niña event sometimes one of the events is quite stronger than the other two, and another on was actually more aligned or actually weaker so we don’t really have much gauge on impact because there was such large discrepancy on what that third La Niña temperature response was.” said Jon Gottschalck, meteorologist with the National climate prediction center.

Gottschalck says it's hard to predict the impact of a “triple-dip” La Niña because the last occurrence was about 25 years ago, and before that in the early 1970’s.