NASA Space Place: What Is La Niña?

La Niña is a weather pattern that begins in the Pacific Ocean.

Warm ocean water and clouds move west during a La Niña. This means that places like Indonesia and Australia can get much more rain than usual. And places like the southwestern United States can be very dry.



Launched in 1998, NASA Space Place’s mission is to inspire and enrich upper-elementary-aged kids’ learning of space and Earth science online through fun games, hands-on activities, informative articles and engaging short videos.

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