El Niño impacts

Find out how simple changes in ocean currents can lead […]

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February 24, 2014

Find out how simple changes in ocean currents can lead to catastrophic weather conditions.

Wikipedia: El Niño (/ɛlˈniːnjoʊ/, /-ˈnɪn-/, Spanish pronunciation: [el ˈniɲo]) is a band of anomalously warm ocean water temperatures that periodically develops off the western coast of South America and can cause climatic changes across the Pacific Ocean. There is a phase of ‘El Niño–Southern Oscillation’ (ENSO), which refers to variations in the temperature of the surface of the tropical eastern Pacific Ocean (El Niño and La Niña) and in air surface pressure in the tropical western Pacific.

Arctic Sea Ice Forum: 2014 El Nino? We may be on the way to a major El Nino event.

Wunderground: An El Niño Coming in 2014? We are seeing increasing evidence of an upcoming change in the Pacific Ocean base state that favors the development of a moderate-to-strong El Niño event this Spring/Summer.

Wet anomalies getting farther east as western Indonesia dries out. Good sign for El Nino. pic.twitter.com/PRAQsspbbx

— Levi Cowan (@TropicalTidbits) February 24, 2014

Image: NOAA
Image: NOAA

Jim Hansen: There is substantial likelihood of an El Niño beginning in 2014, and as a result a probable record global temperature in 2014 or 2015.

ClimateCentral: The strongest El Nino ever recorded occurred in 1997-98. It led to heavy rains across the southern U.S., landslides in Peru, wildfires in Indonesia, and the cratering of the anchovy fishery in the eastern Pacific. These and other impacts were responsible an estimated $35-45 billion in damage and 23,000 deaths worldwide.


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  1. Bob Bingham February 24, 2014 at 2:29 am - Reply

    California needs rain very badly but I am not sure they want that much in one go.

  2. ClimateState February 24, 2014 at 2:48 am - Reply
  3. mcc helipilot February 27, 2014 at 12:25 am - Reply
  4. Guadalupe Solares March 8, 2014 at 7:47 am - Reply


  5. Marty Seay March 8, 2014 at 1:34 pm - Reply

    El Nino 100 % Sure Its Coming 2014
    on you tube check it out God Given Dream

  6. MrBen527 April 6, 2014 at 6:06 am - Reply

    Which stands for………………….”The Nino” lol

  7. Robert Olson April 24, 2014 at 3:08 am - Reply

    seeing California is already broke.. means well have to bail them out
    again.. they keep giving there money a way to immigrants..I say let them
    deal with the crisis in there own way.. no money.. no help… let them
    learn not to spend our money..

  8. Norwaygen Caveman April 24, 2014 at 12:00 pm - Reply


  9. Semptar suchus April 26, 2014 at 5:39 pm - Reply

    California needs this water

  10. John Spartan May 15, 2014 at 10:55 pm - Reply

    Robert Olson is an idiot California is top 5 economy in the entire world.

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