So What Is El Nino?

There’s been a lot of talk this winter about El Nino. And for good reason. This El Nino is very strong – in fact maybe the strongest one that’s ever been recorded. These pictures give a quick visual on what El Nino is.

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In short, El Nino refers to warmer than normal waters in the Pacific Ocean near the Equator. That warm water extends from the coast of Peru all the way out to west of Hawaii – a huge area! This warm water tends to create a more robust Jet Stream. And as you know, storms travel along the jet stream. So anybody near this active Jet Stream should get more storms. That includes us. So that’s why we’re expecting this winter (December-February) to be wetter than normal here in South Carolina. For a deeper read on El Nino, check out this article. It’s a good read.

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