Source: Alabama Cooperative Extension

La Nina's calling card, expressed in unseasonably hot, dry conditions in the Southeast, is an issue farmers will be dealing with throughout this fall and winter possibly as late as spring, according to the Southeast Climate Consortium.

As a matter of fact, this calling card already has been presented.

The La Nina effect, somewhat less known than its counterpart, El Nino, follows when ocean temperatures cool in the eastern tropical Pacific Ocean — an effect expressed throughout parts of Central and South America and even as far away as the southeastern United States.

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