The third and fourth grade students whom I work with at Cedar Grove ES asked me what will happen once the El Nino conditions begin to subside, and I admitted that I really wasn't sure. So, we used the internet and looked it up! We found a website that answered our question! Discovery News has a great article with videos and graphics at http://news.discovery.com/earth/weather-extreme-events/will-la-nina-follow-one-of-the-strongest-ever-el-ninos-160410.htm.
This article suggests that this strong El Nino season may be followed by a La Nina event. Like all good science learning, once we heard that- we had to know what kind of weather changes we might expect in a La Nina event for our area. We also wondered why it is that scientists aren't exactly sure what will come next- and it helped us understand that there are still so many questions that still need to be answered. We did learn that when there has been a strong El Nino event, like this year's El Nino, then it is often followed by a La Nina.
We are going to learn more about what causes the La Nina conditions and what will happen in our area to change our weather if we do go into a La Nino phase after this strong El Nino that brought us warmer temperature and more precipitation to our area.
How will your weather conditions change if we do have a La Nina this fall?