Snow storm in rural AmericaThe main driver of weather across the North American continent is starting to fade. As La Niña dims, the next few months could point to more neutral weather conditions in place of the chaotic weather patterns we’ve grown accustomed to the last few years. While December was rather cold across most of the country, culminating in a polar vortex just before Christmas, January has maintained above-normal temperatures for the first three weeks across most of the U.S.

However, the end of January and into February could bring another shot of arctic temperatures with another polar vortex. Looking ahead to the spring, the dying of La Niña will influence the planting season. Some cold shots could linger in the deep south and more wintry participation in the southern states could wreak havoc on field conditions. Late spring into summer should be warmer than average, potentially welcoming El Niño to the continent by the end of summer.

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