The La Niña climate event occurs every so often and it typically results in some severe weather earlier in the year. Some of the early indications are starting to show that 2021 could be a La Niña year and that could have some interesting effects on the country.
This climate event regularly occurs in the Pacific Ocean every couple of years. This is a fairly normal weather pattern that rivals the opposite El Niño climate event. The process starts out in the middle of the Pacific Ocean and typically decreases the temperature of the ocean water at the equator. This process will usually force all of the warmer water to escape to make room for the significantly colder water. The warmer water usually moves towards countries like Indonesia and sometimes even Australia.
The effects on the United States will likely arrive in the early months of the new year in 2021. The recipe for La Niña to arrive has already started to develop in the middle of 2020. Climate experts are hoping that La Niña could play a role in helping to reduce the fires that are destroying the West Coast of the United States in states like Oregon and California.
The fires continue to destroy and damage hundreds of miles of land as a health pandemic rages on within the country. The economy has been held down severely by the pandemic and the wild fires have certainly not helped the suffering states in the West. These weather conditions could improve the situation in some ways, although it is unclear exactly when the cooler wet weather will arrive in 2021.
The Northwest will typically experience cooler temperatures while the Southeast will experience warmer tropical-themed conditions. Some health experts have speculated that La Niña could help reduce the effects of the virus and reduce the risks of the pandemic. It is still pretty unclear if the pandemic will be affected in any way by the upcoming weather season.
Do These Types of Weather Events have a Connection to Climate Change?
A lot of people speculate on the possible connections to climate change when this type of event occurs every few years. The truth is that these events have been happening for many millions of years. They drastically adjust the amount of rain that various regions across the world can expect during any particular season of the year.
There is no direct connection to climate change although some global politicians do try and connect the effects of these events to climate change. The sea temperature is typically the most direct effect that you will notice from this event. The La Niña event can also effect the jet stream which can adjust the level of tornadic activity that occurs during the year.
The potential for severe weather does exist in 2021 with the current conditions from La Niña. There is some hope that it will arrive earlier than expected to try and reduce the harmful impacts of the forest fires.
Other Interesting Details about La Niña
A lot of people mistake this term within Greek Mythology. La Nina actually means ‘Little Girl’ in the language of Spanish. Some people also translate this term to ‘Cold Weather Event’.
La Nina and El Niño are sometimes connected to the dualism philosophy. The concept of Yin and Yang is sometimes compared alongside these two events because they both occur regularly every couple of years and have a significant effect on the balance of global climate conditions.