Yesterday, NOAA reported that the current El Nino is the strongest El Nino in 18 years just behind the 1997 El Nino event. At this point, it appears clear that the current El Nino event will not become stronger than the 1997 El Nino and will most likely en up being the 3rd strongest El Nino event on record.
“The strongest El Niño in 18 years continues to intensify and is likely to be one of the three strongest on record by the time it peaks this winter, according to a monthly outlook from NOAA released Thursday morning.” – the weather channel via NOAA’s latest El Nino data
The current El Nino, in region 3.4, was recently measured at +1.7 degrees above average as the mean sea surface temperature from August to October 2015, which is the 2nd highest measurement for that zone at that time of year on record.
What Does El Nino Mean for the USA?
“Seasonal outlooks generally favor below average temperatures and above-median precipitation across the southern tier of the United States, and above-average temperatures and below-median precipitation over the northern tier of the United States.” – NOAA yesterday
It’s as simple as that. More precip and more cold for the south, less precip and less cold for the north. In reality, if you’re looking for more than than, you’re looking for too much…
If we’re smart, we’ll all move to Taos, New Mexico this winter to ski incredible terrain in eep El Nino snow.
NOAA’s official November El Nino Update can be found here: November El Nino Advisory
A more user friendly version of the update from NOAA is below.