The National Climate Prediction Center says La Nina (“The Little Girl” in Spanish) is replacing an El Nino (“The Little Boy” in Spanish) weather pattern, meaning drier weather in the Southeast. In a La Nina, the water temperatures in the eastern Pacific near the equator are unusually cold.
Florida, Florida and now South Carolina are coming to grips with drought conditions. South Carolina has had to deal with drought conditions during eight of the last 10 years. During the last 10 years there have been only two years (2003 and 2005) when there was not some sort of drought declaration affecting South Carolina.