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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.

January 2012- March 2012 La-Nina Impacts on Austin TX Climate

January 2012
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.

February 2012
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.

March 2012
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.

El-Nino Impacts To Austin Texas