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South Georgia experiencing unusually warm weather

'El Niño' could explain why Southwest Georgia is experiencing unusually warm temperatures in December. 'El Niño' could explain why Southwest Georgia is experiencing unusually warm temperatures in December.
"'El Niño" occurs when the warm water in the western tropical Pacific Ocean shifts eastward along the equator toward the coast of South America. "'El Niño" occurs when the warm water in the western tropical Pacific Ocean shifts eastward along the equator toward the coast of South America.
Meteorologist Andrew Gorton Meteorologist Andrew Gorton
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

South Georgia is experiencing unusual spring-like weather that can be attributed to "'El Niño."

"'El Niño" occurs when the warm water in the western tropical Pacific Ocean shifts eastward along the equator toward the coast of South America.

The Sub Tropical Jet Stream then becomes the dominant storm track, bringing heavy rain to California, Texas, and all of the Southeast. It also has specific impacts for south Georgia. 

"Historically strong "'El Niño" patterns correlates to a cooler and wetter winter for southwest Georgia. In the past we have seen snow here under this pattern, but it is too early to tell if that will happen here this winter," said Meteorologist Andrew Gorton.

The cooler and wetter weather is predicted to arrive later this winter, between January and March.

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