March 5, 2015: Announced today by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), an El Niño event emerged in February, and may persist through this spring and summer.
As exciting as that may sound, this event doesn’t really do much of anything for us here in the Stateline, or in the U.S. in general. First off, this El Niño event is a weak one, for now.Sea surface temperatures have only been 0.5° C to 1.0° C above average, which isn’t too warm, but warm enough to classify as an El Niño. That means the effects caused by El Niño will not be that great.
Also, the timing is a little unusual. This El Niño event is emerging as we head into spring, so the usual effects that it has on North American winters (cool and wet in the South, warmer and dry in the Stateline) won’t be felt.As you can see on the map, this spring/summer event (if it persists that long) will have effects in other spots on the globe. The one effect it may have, if El Niño lasts into the summer, would be to quiet down the Atlantic hurricane season, and ramp up the Pacific hurricane season, much like we saw last summer. Monster storms exploded all of the Pacific, while barely anything happened in the Atlantic.
Global temperatures do go up during El Niño events, so could we be seeing a lot of very warm weather this spring and summer? We’ll have to wait and see!
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This post was written by Alex Kirchner on March 5, 2015