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EL NINO ON THE MOVE: How this will affect your summer and winter

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 A few months back we told you of an El Nino watch being issued. This basically means that there is 50 percent chance of an El Nino year. Now, new data shows that since that watch was issued, the waters of the equatorial Pacific have indeed been getting warmer.

Check out the three graphs below, they show (in red) the warming waters of the Eastern Pacific Ocean during mid-February, mid-March, and mid-April. Simply put, you can see the red blob growing in size, indicating a gradual warming of the top layers of ocean water.


FEBRUARY 2014

MARCH 2014

APRIL 2014

These warmer waters can shift weather patterns. The jet stream can move north or south and storm tracks will follow. Different storm tracks mean a difference in the way the air masses move around. These air masses are either cold, hot, dry and wet, or a combination of all of the above.

Wetter air masses can retreat and the result could be a drought. Colder and warmer air masses can move around, bring warmer air to colder places and vice versa. Below are some maps of what an El Nino Year usually means for the Northern Hemisphere.







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