Long term forecast continue to project warm dry conditions

PIERRE, S.D.(WNAX)- The long-range climate outlooks don’t offer much hope for a change in the warm dry pattern most of the northern plains has been under since last fall.

South Dakota State Climatologist Laura Edwards says they don’t see much of a change.

Edwards says the best chance for consistent moisture may not happen until next year.

A La Nina watch has been issued by the Climate Prediction Center. Edwards says that doesn’t signal much in the way of precipitation.

The La Nina is when Pacific Ocean temperatures cool, which has an impact on weather patterns over North America.