‘Godzilla’ El Nino Coming Soon?

The “Godzilla” El Nino is predicted to be the strongest such weather event on record and could have a significant impact on temperatures and precipitation this winter. A wetter than average winter might be good for those suffering through the ongoing California drought, but it could be extremely problematic for folks who lived through the frigid cold and massive snowfall in the East and South last winter.

“We’re predicting that this El Niño could be among the strongest El Niños in the historical record dating back to 1950,” Climate Prediction Center Deputy Director Mike Halpert said.

The center is part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration — NOAA.

An El Nino is a “cyclical climate phenomenon” stemming from the tropical Pacific. The weather system boasts a “warmer than normal” water temperature buildup in the eastern and central portions of the basin. Throughout the early summer months, the waters in that region have reportedly increased to two degrees above average. The rapid increase in temperature is the second such steep change in the water, the first being the 1997-1998 El Nino. The weather experts reportedly judge the intensity of all El Nino events based off the mega system of 1997-1998.

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El Nino weather system explained.

The Godzilla or “Bruce Lee” El Nino slated to arrive soon was deemed “significant and strengthening” during the most recent update from NOAA. The Climate Prediction Center researchers anticipate water temperatures could reach 3.5 degrees above normal in the region, which gave birth to the weather system.

“A value that we’ve only recorded three times in the last 65 years,” Halpert said when referencing the water temperature increase.

“None of the typical impacts are ever guaranteed,” he added when referencing the hope for an outpouring of rain from the El Nino.

The water temperature increase causes more than an ocean with a fever. The warm water shifts from west to east in the Pacific, prompting overhead atmospheric circulation changes. A domino effect then typically occurs on a global scale. In the United States, a split in the winter jet stream is predicted. The jet stream is the air, which guides storm systems over North America. The streams begin to break up over the northern and southern strands and flows into Southern California and Alaska.

How will you prepare for an extreme winter just in case the Godzilla El Nino brings a mountain of snow and rain to the United States?

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