While the Farmer’s Almanac is often ridiculed as being unpredictable, the Inquisitr recently reported that it predicted heavy snowfall and a bad winter for much of the United States this winter. Although the Farmer’s Almanac is heralded by many as folklore and not accurate regarding the upcoming season’s weather, one thing is somewhat responsible for the weather the United States experiences, and therefore can be trusted to give some type of prediction of weather based on its behavior: El Nino. While this summer was marginally hotter and drier than normal due in part to El Nino, this may mean that we indeed experience heavier snowfall and a more treacherous winter, according to Action News Jax.
Every few years, the winds shift and the water in the Pacific Ocean gets warmer than usual. The resulting El Nino changes weather worldwide, mostly affecting the United States in winter. This is going to be one of those years, meteorologists predict, with many nicknaming the weather phenomenon we are experiencing now as “Bruce Lee” because of it’s ability to wreak havoc and majorly shake things up. But what does this really mean for the United States and the winter it can expect? For one thing, be it chance or not, the Farmer’s Almanac, according to CNN, and meteorologists who specialize on the patterns of El Nino agree that it is going to be a cold, snowy, and wet winter for much of the United States. In fact, this El Nino is so strong, the California-based Bill Patzert, who points out that El Nino causes mudslides and other mayhem to happen, compares it to “Godzilla.”
There have been three El Nino record-setters since 1970 and may probably remember them as treacherous winters. Halpert said that the coming winter may rival the famous winters of 1997-1998, 1982-83, and 1972-73. Many can recall those winters as dropping two to three feet on many sections of the United States and very frequent snowstorms, resulting in traffic woes, difficulty making up lost school time, and even loss of life as some were caught in automobiles or lost power and froze to death.
The current El Nino, lovingly or fearfully referred to as “Bruce Lee,” is one to watch and maybe take extra precautions for. NASA oceanographer Bill Patzert explained that satellite measurements show this El Nino to be at this moment more powerful than 1997-98, which often is thought of as the king of winter storms, with back to back blizzards that dumped feet of snow throughout much of the midwest, northeast and southeast. However, that one started weaker and finished stronger, he said, and it is difficult to predict how strong “Bruce Lee” will stay.
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