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Michelle Hallack-Alegria and David W. Watkins Jr.

variability is mainly associated with atmospheric circulation patterns that affect the movement of cyclonic storms over the region. For instance, above-average precipitation can be linked to the Pacific–North American teleconnection pattern, characterized by a meridional (sinuous) flow pattern and a southward shift of westerly storm tracks ( Woodhouse 1997 ). With respect to interannual variability, there is evidence that winter circulation patterns are strongly affected by Pacific sea surface

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