December 14, 2015

El Niño; What Is It and How Does It Affect the Global Climate.

 

If you happen to live anywhere bordering the eastern coast of the Equatorial (Tropical) Pacific Ocean (for example: California, Ecuador, Peru, etc.), chances are you have heard of the phenomenon known as El Niño. If you are inclined to winter sports such as skiing and snowboarding, as am I; you may know El Niño as the great bringer of rainfall to the west Americas, which to us mountain goers means plenty of snow on our beautiful mountain ranges; but what exactly is El Niño? And how in the world does this mysterious event of nature affect the Earth so drastically?

The term “El Niño” refers to a naturally occurring happening in the equatorial region of t...

November 22, 2015

Outlook for this Winter Season (2015 - 2016)

 

 

  

 

 

Source: http://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/us-winter-forecast-2015-2016-mild-northeast-california-rain/52732989

 

 

Each autumn, many of us have been curious about the upcoming winter. In the past, farmers were desperate to know what they needed to be prepared for; a cold winter or an easy winter, a short summer or a long summer? This created a prime market for those Farmer’s Almanacs to cater to, which claim an 80% accuracy even while forecasting weather an entire year out. Nowadays, we know that we can only truly forecast with credibility to the next 7-10 days. But, we do have the advantage of many years of data and trends to examine we might expect th...

September 18, 2015

 

 

El Niño - How it Developed

 

 

El Niño, and his counterpart La Niña, are part of “an oscillation of the ocean-atmosphere system in the tropical Pacific having important consequences for weather around the globe” (NOAA). This oscillation system is also referred to as ENSO - El Niño Southern Oscillation. For the conditions to be considered El Niño, the sea surface temperatures (SSTs) must be above average temperatures (and inversely for La Niña - must be lower than average). Additionally, there needs to be evidence of atmospheric involvement, usually characterized in surface wind direction changes over the Central Pacific.

 

NOAA issued an El Niño advisory in early March, at which point there warmer SST (evidenced in...

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