Tag Archives: El Nino

Could El Niño be to blame for Sea Lions disappearing?

If you’ve ever been to San Francisco, chances are you’ve been to Fisherman’s Wharf and stopped off at Pier 39 to check out one of the city’s most famous tourist attractions, the sea lions. Hundreds of sea lions call Pier 39 home, but since last fall the population has decreased dramatically. Sea lions are migratory […]

El Niño and the Famous Rice Terraces

The famous Ifugao Rice Terraces in the Philippines and El Niño are rarely mentioned in the same sentence, but it’s been happening lately. Actually, you can link El Niño to lots of things that are affected by the unusually warm waters of the eastern Pacific Ocean off the coasts of South and Central America — […]

Flood Safety Awareness Week

Before too many more days get away from me, I wanted to remind you that this week is National Flood Safety Awareness Week, brought to you by NOAA and the National Weather Service. Flood Safety Awareness week is intended to highlight some of the many ways floods can occur, the hazards associated with floods and […]

Tomato Growers See Red

Cloudier, wetter and colder than normal are the tell-tale signs of an active El Niño for the Southern States and that has certainly been the case for the past several months. Indeed, the Mid-Atlantic snows are fresh in our minds, all the additional rain has eliminated drought in nearly all areas of the South and […]

Southern States Cooler and Wetter – and Free of Tornadoes?

[Just as this post was about to be uploaded to YourWeatherBlog an amended storm report surfaced that included a lone, weak tornado in California on February 27. Not wanting the facts to stand in the way of a good severe weather article, we’re posting the article in its original state while at the same time […]

Southern Snow Again

Once again there’s a flow from the Pacific Ocean to southern California, to the Southwest, to Texas. Once again, El Niño-fueled storms are bringing rain and snow to the southern 1/3 of the United States. And once again cold and snow are pushing unusually far south into Texas. Snow and sleet are expected to increase […]

Pacific Storms and El Niño: Coast to Coast

Strong storms keep rolling in off the Pacific, moving eastward under strong jet stream winds. With plenty of El Niño moisture and strength as they move across the West and the Southwest, they then tap into the Gulf of Mexico for replenishing moisture and strength. Finally, as they move east of the Appalachian Mountains they […]

Hot Time in the Summer: SouthPac Cyclones

  It’s almost impossible for a meteorologist to write about the tropics without mentioning El Niño and its worldwide effects. Here in the States we’re more conditioned to understand that an active El Niño this time of year brings enhanced rains and cooler temperatures to the southern United States. But what about elsewhere? “For every […]

California: In the Crosshairs Again

  Remember this past summer when we saw a 747 jumbo jet dropping fire retardant over the forests of southern California? The evening news was dominated by such images, along with the widespread devastation brought about by the nearly uncontrollable forest fires. A Boeing 747 bomber from Evergreen International. Image: Goleta Air & Space It […]

El Niño On the Loose

Thanks to El Niño, the mid-range forecast suggests a big soak should be expected over the US West Coast over the next couple of weeks. Early indications suggest this pattern will break "sooner rather than later," but exactly when remains unknown. The typical El Niño allows sea surface temperatures to rise over the eastern Pacific, […]