El Niño, La Niña. The boy, the girl. No, this isn’t a lesson in Sesame Street Spanish. This is an explanation of a massive meteorological phenomenon that affects a very large portion of the world.
This year La Niña will rear her ugly head and wreak havoc on weather systems all across the world. La Niña happens when the temperature of the pacific ocean falls a few degrees under its average. While this may not seem like a big deal to you, this small variation in temperature causes massive changes to the evaporation and precipitation rates, winds, air temperatures, and pretty much everything else related to the weather.
So what does this mean for the HVAC future in America? It depends where you are. Here’s a region-by-region breakdown of how La Niña will effect the U.S. this winter:
La Niña is perhaps most cruel to the good folks of the Pacific Northwest. If you live in this region, expect a cold and wet winter filled with uncharacteristically large amounts of snowfall. HVAC professionals should expect a high volume of heating systems work to combat the frigid temperatures.
The deep South will experience unusual warmth and drought-like dryness as a result of La Niña. HVAC professionals will be called on to fix Air Conditioning problems much earlier than usual, so make sure to dust up on your AC skills in the middle of winter if you are located in the South
Mid West regions like Ohio and Illinois will suffer much more precipitation than they are usually accustomed to. Make sure to check the the weatherization readiness of all buildings in this region, as any gaps or cracks in ventilation or window siding can be very costly this winter
For those of you in other regions, you can relax a little bit. La Niña usually only has an effect on the three aforementioned regions in the U.S. Don’t let your guard down all the way though- as we all know, winter weather can be very unpredictable, even in the absence of meteorological phenomenons named after Spanish children.