El Nino Facts
It is almost impossible to listen to a weather forecast without hearing about El Nino. With one of the most severe droughts creating a dwindling water supply throughout California, many residents are looking forward to the heavy rains that El Nino is predicted to bring. Keep these El Nino facts in mind to ensure that you know what to expect this fall and winter.
- It is not a storm – while most people are calling El Nino a storm, it is actually a long-term weather cycle, known as the El Nino/Southern Oscillation. The “oscillation” refers to a cycle in the surface temperature in the Pacific Ocean and the winds that are blowing across ocean’s surface.
- It may be the strongest El Nino ever recorded – the strength of an El Nino is gauged by measuring the ocean temperatures that run along the Equator. The temperatures that were recorded during the last week of August were the warmest ever recorded, which sets the stage for the strongest El Nino.
- El Nino does not guarantee a wet winter for all of California – the warm water is not the direct cause of the wet weather in California. The rain is brought in by the change in the position and strength of the jet stream known as the “subtropical branch,” which may not be strong enough to reach the whole state.
- One El Nino will not be enough to end the drought – most Californians are excited about El Nino because they are hoping that it will put an end to the current drought conditions. However, since the drought has been going on for more than four years, there would need to be more than just one El Nino to bring the water levels back up to where they should be.
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