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Winter Climate Prediction 2012
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric and Administration Climate Prediction Center is forecasting a neutral to a slight El Nino weather pattern this year. Which means slightly cooler temperatures for the fall and winter and a wetter than normal winter. Although this may change and the climate pattern is not very strong for that region of the Pacific. Still it is a good idea to be prepared for those possibilities. Plants might be slower to make the Spring selling season. Adjust for that by considering fertilizer inputs, temperature modifications and stocking rates and times. Maybe prepare a little earlier for buttoning up greenhouses. For more information on this topic and how the climate can affect your crops visit my past article on El Nino http://hortagent.blogspot.com/2009/08/el-nino-is-back.html Check out the forecast maps from NOAA Climate Prediction Center.
Just remember climate forecasts are still a prediction...similar to economic forecasting. :)
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