I am currently taking a “Weather and Atmosphere” class at The University of Colorado and I learned something today that I wanted to share with all my fellow “winter lovers”.
Just as in 1997, this September there was a warm Southern Pacific Ocean. This is good news because the warm waters lead to high expectations for strong El Niño potential. These unique weather patterns that are associated with this year should result in a mighty El Niño, which usually results in record winter snowstorms.
The Weather Service says it could be the biggest El Niño they have seen in 50 years. Bigger storms and stronger storms occur in El Niño years!
So, the moral of my post is that I have learned something useful at school this year- I will be missing A LOT of class this winter 😉