It's August, it's hot, it's far too early to look ahead to winter –– but let's do just that

It's been a long, hot, and dry summer. It was well analoged and well forecast. We now near the end of meteorological summer, and head for a winter that will at least in part be driven by a likely La Niña . A look at current sea surface temperature anomalies show still plenty of heat content globally, but also the colder than average (La Niña) signal across the equatorial Pacific. As
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