We’ve had our third snow of the winter and all the weather folks were telling us it was going to be a mild winter because of La Nina. What is La Nina? La Nina is Spanish for “Little Girl.” It is used in meteorological circles to indicate how warm the waters are off the western South American coast. Why does that matter to us in the US? Simple. Those waters and how warm they are dictate a lot of our winter weather. If the water’s are warm or very warm, as they were last winter, it’s called an El Nino year. El Nino means “Little Boy.” El Nino winters can be very rough…wintry and cold.
This year was to be a La Nina year with cooler waters off the South American coast and therefore we would not have the southern branch of the jet stream (that runs its way through the Gulf of Mexico) to us in the Carolinas and the southeast. But, we are having a rough winter. Why? Because of a huge blocking ridge over Nova Scotia. That ridge is causing the northern jet stream to dig deep into the south and it is picking up these disturbances coming out of the Gulf or from the southern US. This past disturbance that brought us our 3-4″ snow yesterday and Monday was a “minor” disturbance until it interacted with the northern jet. That jet stream just pulled that disturbance out of the southern US and much Gulf moisture with it and viola, you have a southern snowstorm.
It appears we will have a battle between La Nina and this blocking ridge for the rest of this month. Beyond that, it’s hard to tell. Stay tuned and I’ll try to apprise you of what may happen for February. I love the weather! It’s all about the Lord God! Only He is in control of it! We can do absolutely nothing about it! I love that! We are totally submitted and surrendered to what Father God (not Mother Nature…that’s pagan) brings our way. The weather and what it does to us reminds me that one day every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. Praise His Name!
Oh…speaking of the weather…check out the girls. They got their sled ride…
…posted on WXII-12’s website.
Also, they did a little singing. The harmony on “I’ll Fly Away” is tight!!