El Niño Check-In

February 5, 2016:

El Niño causes much warmer water to develop in the Pacific near the Equator and South America; that, in turn, affects the jet stream over North America

El Niño causes much warmer water to develop in the Pacific near the Equator and South America; that, in turn, affects the jet stream over North America

Now that we are just past the 2nd month of winter, how is the strong El Niño that we were talking about going into winter affecting us so far?

El Niño's effects on North America during the winter

El Niño’s effects on North America during the winter

As you may remember, El Niño brings a much warmer and drier winter to the Midwest, and a strong El Niño like the one in play now amplifies those effects.

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No question about El Niño’s effects on December: warmest on record. January, however, was a little cooler, but still a little above average. El Niño peaked in the Pacific after December, so its effects didn’t have as much of an impact. The drier than average portion of El Niño still came into play: January was 6″ below average for snowfall (and we didn’t see much rain, either), just like December.

Climate Prediction Center's forecast for February shows potentially warmer than average weather

Climate Prediction Center’s forecast for February shows potentially warmer than average weather

One month to go- and February looks to be warmer than average, as we still see some influence from the strong El Niño.  In a few weeks, we can put a bow on this winter, and see just how much El Niño impacted this season!

-Alex

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This post was written by Alex Kirchner on February 5, 2016

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