Monday, May 20 2013 9:15 PM EDT2013-05-21 01:15:38 GMT
A massive tornado touched down to the southwest of Oklahoma City Monday afternoon. Starting out as a classic funnel it quickly became a giant half-mile wide wedge tornado as it proceeded east north eastMore >>
A massive tornado touched down to the southwest of Oklahoma City Monday afternoon.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 12:50 PM EDT2013-05-21 16:50:22 GMT
MOORE, OK (RNN) – In one of the few positive stories to come from the deadly tornadoes in Oklahoma, an elderly woman was reunited with a four-legged friend she thought was dead. Barbara Garcia, a residentMore >>
Elderly resident Barbara Garcia frantically called for her dog after the tornado had leveled her house, but with no success.More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 7:16 PM EDT2013-05-17 23:16:53 GMT
One person has died in a crash near Harrisonville, MO, Thursday evening. The crash happened on Missouri Highway 7 and Walker Road. It involved a car and a tractor-trailer. Harrisonville is in Cass County.More >>
Savannah Nash celebrated her 16th birthday last week. She died Thursday when her car slammed into a semi while she was texting during her first time driving by herself.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 10:56 AM EDT2013-05-21 14:56:05 GMT
A North Carolina woman is charged with trying to poison five family members after one of them refused to share some cheese with her. A statement from the Nash County Sheriff's Office said 24-year-oldMore >>
A North Carolina woman is charged with trying to poison five family members after one of them refused to share some cheese with her.More >>
CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) – Only recently has La Nina officially come to an end. For some, that will mean better chances of warm, wet weather. Others will be drier and cool. What about the Carolinas? Could this change in the Pacific Ocean give us some insight into what to expect this summer?
First, just what exactly are we talking about when we say "La Nina?" La Nina is the name given to the cool phase of the El Nino - Southern Oscillation (ENSO). In the La Nina phase, cooler sea surface temperatures prevail in the central and eastern tropical Pacific Ocean.
We know that warm air and moisture are the two key ingredients in the formation of showers and thunderstorms, so the cooler temperatures mean a reduction in convection in that part of the Pacific. North Carolina State Climatologist Ryan Boyle says that reduction in convection causes worldwide changes in jet stream patterns. "During La Nina events in the winter, the average path of the jet stream over the eastern US is generally less amplified and more zonal," says Boyle. It's a setup that results in storm tracks on the western side of the Appalachians, keeping us in a dry pattern.
And as we head into the warm season? Boyle says the end of La Nina doesn't mean much as we move into summer. "More important for us is the strength and extent of the Bermuda High, which isn't well correlated with ENSO phase or intensity."
So any hints of what that Bermuda High might do? It doesn't look that way. The Climate Prediction Center has equal chances for above, below or near normal precipitation. Boyle says that's a scientific way of saying we don't have a clue how this summer will unfold.
At this point it looks like we'll just have to wait and see!