El Nino & Winter

The South gets more than normal rainfall during El Niño years and less than normal rainfall during La Niña years when the colder waters in the eastern Pacific cause the Pacific storm track to shift north and miss us. During El Niño, not only does the storm track head right for us, it is even stronger than it is during the La Niña phase. Another effect of El Niño is cooler than normal winters in the South from about Texas eastward.

View a schematic diagram of how El Niño and La Niña events affect wintertime rainfall and temperature:

For more information on El Niño, including seasonal forecasts by region, visit: http://www.elnino.noaa.gov/

Learn more about what Northern Hemisphere storm tracks are and how they work:

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2 Responses

  1. I just love these weather quiz questions. They are always fun.
    My grandson and I test each other with them and the loser
    has to do a chore for the winner!

  2. I have to agree with Carol. Your blog is very interesting, Mr. Yanez. I love all the hotshots. Of course, watching you is the best – you’re always so informative and incredibly professional. 🙂

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