Fall and winter weather outlook: ‘Neutral’ phase means anything goes
SEATTLE -- Western Washington has had some wild weather lately, from the rare lightning storm over the weekend, to heavy rain and flooding on Monday. As we head into the fall and winter seasons, can we expect more? Long-range predictions point to conditions that may be favorable for intense rain and flooding in the coming months. The El Nino weather pattern is over and we have entered the "neutral" phase, which has produced major flood events in the Pacific Northwest. A neutral year is neither El Nino (typically produces warmer and drier weather) nor La Nina (cooler and wetter conditions) and that makes forecasting tricky! We could see periods of heavy rain and then periods of nothing. Anything goes!