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“Godzilla El Niño” – Significant & Strengthening

El Nino Godzilla

Forecasters came out Thursday with an update on El Nino. One climatologist described something menacing saying, “…collectively, these atmospheric and oceanic features reflect a significant and strengthening El Niño” adding “This definitely has the potential of being the Godzilla El Niño”.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center says it could bring much needed rain to the West Coast. However, NOAA scientists say the precipitation won’t be enough to eliminate the record-breaking drought that’s in its fourth year. El Niño is the Spanish word for “the Christ child” or “the little boy”. It occurs when water near the equator in the Pacific Ocean, warms up. El Niño is expected to peak in the late fall, early winter. It could bring more frequent and intense storms than in past seasons; including hurricanes in the Pacific and heavy rain and snowfall.

This map illustrate how it will impact the continental United States:
el nino patern

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