One side effect of being an avid, um, board sports enthusiast (man, that sounds square) is that I tend to follow the weather pretty closely. More closely than most of my friends, who operate under the mistaken assumption that L.A. just doesn’t have weather to follow. A subject that comes up repeatedly that you newer transplants might not be familiar with is the weather phenomenon known as El NiÒo. In order to stave off what I anticipate will be a deluge of posts and comments along the lines of “Hey, what’s up with all this rain? Isn’t it supposed to be sunny all the time out here?,” here’s some advance warning from the NCEP:
AT LEAST WEAK EL NINO CONDITIONS WILL CONTINUE FROM THIS FALL THROUGH THE FIRST FEW MONTHS OF 2005. THERE IS A CHANCE THAT THE EL NINO COULD STRENGTHEN TO MODERATE INTENSITY AND A SMALLER CHANCE THAT IT WILL WEAKEN BACK TO NEUTRAL STATUS.
In other words, it’s probably going to rain a whole bunch this winter. More than usual. But it’s not like this every year so don’t make the mistake of thinking this is what you’re in for every time. Just thank god that we’re not facing a “strong” El Nino (· la 97-98). That was some seriously lame weather.