La Niña heads for rare "triple dip," dampening global temperatures
La Niña, which is characterized by cooler than average sea surface temperatures in the equatorial Pacific Ocean, has repercussions for the Atlantic hurricane season.
The current La Niña began back in the late summer and early fall of 2020, and it has reached an intensity that ranks it "among the strongest springtime La Niñas in the historical record dating back to 1950,".
With each week that La Niña remains, the less likely it becomes that 2022 will set a new global temperature record. However, La Niña has still other consequences and is likely exacerbating the drought in the Southwest.