Hello NiÒo

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.

2 Replies to “Hello NiÒo”

  1. I remember 1997-1998 very well. We moved into a new house in March 1997, and discovered in December 1997 that the roof leaked. Luckily for us, we got a roof cert when we bought the house. Unluckily for us, the guy who gave the roof cert never could correct the problem. Eventually everything was resolved, but I still get worried whenever it rains…

  2. Where and what location (lat./long. is El Nino at now? Is it moving back on land to California affected the coast as we have been experienceing it now! Was Florida attributed to it by such an unusual 6 weeks of hurricanes.????

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