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Along with lower-than-average precipitation, higher-than-average temperatures are predicted to accompany La Niña into the spring, increasing the risk of wildfires in the Southwest.

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Arizona scientists keep an eye on latest La Niña

An unwanted visitor has made her way to Arizona, and it’s not your irate aunt here to put a damper on the holidays. Continuing this winter and into the spring, a moderate-to-strong La Niña is predicted to reign across most of the United States. This natural cycle, brought about by cooler temperatures in the equatorial Pacific Ocean, has historically meant lower-than-average precipitation for the Southwest.

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