What’s the difference between La Nina and El Nino?

We've been talking about El Nino since last year, but we'll soon have to deal with weather influenced by "la nina."

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – We’ve been talking about El Nino since last year, but we’ll soon have to deal with weather influenced by La Nina.

La Nina is the opposite of El Nino, and it will bring different weather patterns to western Massachusetts.

According to the national weather service, we could be transitioning to a La Nina by spring or early summer. This is something that usually happens after a strong El Nino year.

La Nina occurs when colder water builds up in the pacific Ocean off the west coast. This can affect weather patterns, including our hurricane season, possibly making it more active.

NOAA will release their 2016 Atlantic Hurricane Season outlook on May 27th

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