El-Nino Impacts To Austin Texas
El-Nino is marked with having warmer waters in the Pacific Ocean, so how can it have impacts on Austin Texas. This is a look at what occurred during an EL-Nino event as we evaluate three months of the cycle.
Normal temperatures for the month are usually around 40-60F. Examining what occurred during the month of January during an EL-Nino event the temps where average 40% of the month. While, 21% of the month found temps above normal and 39% of the month was below normal. It is typical of an EL-Nino time period to see below normal temps. Precipitation for the month did fall into average however it was on the higher end near 4inches, while average precipitation is around 2-4inches.
The average temps during a normal time period would be around 40-60F for the month. During the EL-Nino cycle the temps where near average 48% of the month, while 13% of the month was above and 39% of the month was below average again showing signs of being colder which is typical of El-Nino. During February the Austin area usually sees precipitation in the range of 2-4inches while during this El-Nino month they saw 2.52inches of rainfall and a heavy snow of 5.6inches which is well above normal for the region. This is another common feature of El-Nino to see snowfall in the southern part of the United States such as Austin TX.
During the month of March the average temps usually increase to around 50-70F during a normal phase. During this El-Nino event we saw the temps near normal 47% of the month, above normal 23% of the month and 31% of the month below normal again showing signs of leaning towards a colder month than normal. The precipitation for this month is usually around 2-4inches while during this El-Nino event Austin saw 3.32inches again towards the higher end of the climate range of precipitation.