Expect a Wetter Winter in Louisiana

Published 11:45 am Monday, October 23, 2023

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BOGALUSA, La. This winter, Louisiana is expected to experience wetter-than-average conditions due to the return of El Nino after a four-year absence. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicts Louisiana will experience above-average precipitation from December through February due to El Nino’s presence. This increased rainfall could significantly impact agriculture, tourism, and water resource management.

The strengthening of the southern jet stream by El Nino, bringing more moisture and leading to a wetter winter, is nothing we can’t handle. It will bring relief to the ongoing drought conditions. NOAA has said it is collaborating with the National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) to monitor how the enhanced precipitation will impact drought alleviation closely. 

Louisiana will need to adapt and prepare for the anticipated wetter winter conditions. Industries, including agriculture and tourism, can leverage this by adjusting their strategies, promoting rain-friendly activities, and enhancing water management practices. Communities and individuals should also focus on preparedness, including checking drainage systems, planning for floods, and overall efforts to conserve water.

It is important to remember that while climate predictions provide valuable insights, weather patterns are still unpredictable. Staying updated with real-time weather forecasts and following guidance from local authorities is essential when making informed decisions.

About Timothy Holdiness

Timothy Holdiness is a native of Louisiana and has been published in several state, national and international publications. He has earned two undergraduate degrees in Biology, most recently from Northwestern State University in 2022. Notably, Holdiness was the 2014 Microsoft Office Specialist United States Champion in PowerPoint 2010.

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