ENSO-neutral conditions are present and La Niña is favored to develop during the Northern Hemisphere summer 2016, with about a 75% chance of La Niña during the fall and winter 2016-17.
La Niña is cooler than normal water over the Pacific by the equator which impacts the weather patterns in the United States.
The going forecast is for a hotter than normal summer.
Highs this time of year are in the middle and upper 80s but 90s are expected daily over the next 7 days.
Drought conditions persist across northeast Alabama and will continue to expand southward.
Hotter and drier weather than normal is likely this summer UNLESS we get more tropical systems to form and impact Alabama.
That's still a possibility. The chance of more tropical rains is greater this summer than previous.
At this point, we can only hope for pop up showers and storms to provide some much needed rain locally.
Jill Gilardi WBRC First Alert Certified Meteorologist