Latest El Niño-Southern Oscillation Stories
By Bill Scanlon Wheat is withering, hungry cattle are being sold to Kansas, and lawns and fields are browning as Colorado endures record heat and dry conditions that may be the continuation of a 10-year pattern.
By The Associated Press Bertha weakens MIAMI (AP) -- Forecasters say Hurricane Bertha has weakened to a Category 1 storm as it heads toward Bermuda, but could re-strengthen in the next 24 hours. Forecasters said Bertha has started producing large swells and high surf there. As of about 5 p.m.
NASA and several other international organizations have joined forces to launch into space a "crystal ball" to give scientists an extended satellite data record.
By Sean Boone, Walton Sun, Santa Rosa Beach, Fla. Jun. 21--The Florida Panhandle is still behind in rainfall, but severe drought conditions that plagued the area last year have subsided.
Scientists believe El Nino may have assisted Magellanâ€™s first trip around the world nearly 500 years ago.
Boosted by the influence of a larger climate event in the Pacific, one of the strongest La NiÃ±as in many years is slowly weakening but continues to blanket the Pacific Ocean near the equator, as shown by new sea-level height data collected by the U.S.-French Jason oceanographic satellite.
UN meteorologists say the cooling effect of the La Nina current in the Pacific will cause global temperatures to drop slightly this year. Global temperatures havenâ€™t risen since 1998, leaving many to question the climate change theory.
The next time you have to raise your umbrella against torrents of cold winter rain, you may have a remote weather phenomenon to thank that many may know by name as El NiÃ±o, but may not well understand.
"We have met the enemy, and he is us," the comic-strip character Pogo said decades ago. A new analysis of last year's near-record temperatures in the United States suggests he was right.
This winter was the warmest on record worldwide, the government said Thursday in the latest worrisome report focusing on changing climate. The report comes just over a month after the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change said global warming is very likely caused by human actions and is so severe it will continue for centuries.
If you live in or around Billings, Montana the above graph shows you what you can roughly expect when it comes to heating and cooling your house during the ENSO Phases. In Billings during a normal phase of the ENSO your heating degree days pass 900HDD. However, when El-Nino phase is present the monthly average dropped to around 650.5HDD, which is a pretty significant amount especially when you are talking about paying that heating bill. When the La-Nina phase sets up the heating degree...
ENSO has an impact on the severe weather across the United States. As we look at the above graph we see that the area of Baltimore is impacted by ENSO and its tornado count. The stats are for the described years to the left of each bar. During a La-Nina the tornado count picks up for the region; within 50 miles of the city up to 9 tornadoes occurred during the 2000 event. The 2010 EL-Nino set into the region and the tornado count dropped to around 4 tornadoes within 50 miles of the...
If you live in or around Bismarck North Dakota the graph shows you what you can roughly expect when it comes to heating and cooling your house during the ENSO Phases. Bismarck North Dakota, with its northern latitude, does have an impact on what type of heating and cooling it sees. During an Normal Phase the HDD for the region hits about 1348 on average. When the region enters into an El-Nino they can expect the amount of HDD’s to decrease to around 970 which really helps cut down on the...
The above graph highlights how the ENSO has an impact on water temps. Northern Gulf of Mexico during EL-Nino: The first part of March during this EL-Nino cycle saw water temps in the 56-60F range, while the 8-14th saw water temps warm to the 60-64F range. By the third week of March temps had maintained 60-64F. The last week of March the temps dropped back to around 56-60F. Northern Gulf of Mexico during LA-Nina: The first week of March saw water temps approach the 70-72F range, by the...
When it comes to wind, more and more people are turning to it as alternative option for electricity. One has to wonder what kind of impacts would be created by the different cycles of ENSO. The above graph has been done for Boston MA. The month of choice was to run it for March of all three cycles. Normal Cycle: (When we are in between EL-Nino and La-Nina) winds averaged around 0-5mph 9% of the month of March. While 6-10mph average winds occurred more often with 35%. And then winds in the...
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