Could La Nina Watch be Ploy to Raise Prices Pre-Election?

October 17, 2016 01:47 PM

News of a La Niña has been circulating since the El Niño weather pattern came to an end the beginning of June. Some meteorologists and climatologists trashed the notion, but now they’re starting to call for the weather pattern.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has raised chances of a La Niña developing this fall to 70 percent.

NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center has issued an official “La Niña watch,” meaning the pattern will likely be forming in the next few months.

On U.S. Farm Report over the weekend, Mark Gold of Top Third Ag Marketing told host Tyne Morgan within a month, NOAA changed its mind from saying there wouldn’t be a La Niña, and now issuing a watch.

“All of a sudden, they put it back in,” said Gold. “Could that be the government trying to boost prices up before the election? Certainly wouldn’t surprise me.”

Typical weather for a La Niña brings a warm, dry winter for the southern tier of the U.S., while the norther part sees a potentially cooler stormier winter.

NOAA will issue its official winter forecast for the U.S. this Thursday.

Watch Gold on U.S. Farm Report here: 

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Spell Check

Tom Burnham
Blytheville, AR
10/18/2016 10:20 AM

  The Mark Gold comment about NOAA trying to influence the grain markets may be one of the worst tin-foil hat statements ever. He should stick to the markets (in which is has a horrible track record) and leave the weather to the professionals. His remarks definitely deserve a place in the Agriculture Hall of Shame.

Brad McKnight
Wynne, AR
10/18/2016 01:06 PM

  Agreed. What an idiot!


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