El Niño is a weather pattern that occurs every few years and affects global weather patterns.
Historically, El Niño has caused wetter than average winters in Missouri.
However, this year's El Niño pattern switch indicates that Missouri will experience a dry start to the winter.
This dry start is expected to last until January, when the pattern will switch again.
From January to March, Missouri is expected to experience wetter than average conditions.
This wet end to the winter could bring flooding and other weather-related hazards to the state.
It is important for residents of Missouri to stay informed about weather conditions and take necessary precautions to stay safe.