Forecasters saying La Niña likely for this winter

Perry Van Houten, Ojai Valley News reporter
A few light showers fell in the mountains north of the Ojai Valley Sept. 21, the last official day of summer.
The scattered precipitation did not appear to be a lead-in to the rainy season. The National Weather Service forecast for Sept. 22 through Sept. 27 indicated clear and dry weather for our area, with high temperatures in the 90s to start the new week and to start fall.
Meanwhile, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) says there is an increasing chance of a La Nina weather pattern for the Northern Hemisphere this fall and winter.
NOAA's Climate Prediction Center hoisted a La Nina Watch Sept. 14.
It put the odds of La Nina at 55 to 60 percent.
The patterns result due to variations in ocean temperature, specifically, cooler water in the equatorial eastern Pacific Ocean.
Over the past few months, observations have shown sea surface temperatures getting increasingly cold.

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