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The rumble of thunderstorms

Weak El Nino may or may not be forming, but will influence summer weather


Last updated 6/28/2018 at 7:28am

Paul Delaney

Heron Pond on State Route 902 outside of Medical Lake is a prime example of what ample winter and wet spring did to wetlands.

The La Nina and El Nino climate phenomena are prime drivers of how winter weather in the Northwest behaves. But those two siblings of sorts also can dictate what summers will be like.

That was the message, in a roundabout way, from retired Eastern Washington University geography and meteorology professor Bob Quinn as the region officially moved into summer on June 21.

"Basically, we've had two weak La Ninas the last two winters," Quinn said. "They have been non-distinctive but they are usually cooler than normal, and usually normal to above normal snowfall."

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