The things happening at the equator this time of year can give weather officials a good idea of what will happen during the winter months.
Chris Miller with the National Weather Service in Lincoln indicates the water temperature of the ocean near the equator can dictate the weather patterns La Nina and El Nino. He says right now La Nina is developing.
According to Miller, a La Nina weather pattern will bring variable temperatures. He notes that pattern has already been prominent in the fall.
The last few years have brought warmer than normal conditions at times but with the fluctuation in temperatures expected, Miller indicates that could leave us with some nasty conditions when the precipitation comes around.
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