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A rare ‘Triple-Dip’ La Niña is looking increasingly possible, Has only happened two other times, Could spell disaster for drought

La Niña is oddly strengthening this spring and could intensify for the third year in a row going into the cooler months, with potential impacts for the 2022 Atlantic hurricane season and the massive drought in the West and Plains.

You may be more familiar with La Niña’s counterpart – El Niño. These refer to the periodic cooling and warming, respectively, of Pacific Ocean water near the equator, generally east of the International Date Line.

Typically, every three to four years, water temperatures in this zone will oscillate from warmer (El Niño) to cooler (La Niña) periods, with some periods simply near average, known as neutral periods.

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Right now, it’s unusually cool by spring standards. As of May 4, the central and eastern equatorial Pacific Ocean water was 1.2 degrees Celsius cooler than average, the coolest in May in 22 years, according to tropical scientist Dr. Phil Klotzbach. And

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