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Old 07-09-2009, 10:56 PM
 
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Wetter in the eastern Pacific?

Noooooo, say it isn't so.

El Nino conditions return to affect weather - Yahoo! News (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090709/ap_on_sc/us_sci_el_nino;_ylt=AongJmQesnNFbTFq.7IdSnSs0NUE;_ ylu=X3oDMTFpZDV0ZXZuBHBvcwMyNQRzZWMDYWNjb3JkaW9uX2 1vc3RfcG9wdWxhcgRzbGsDZWxuaW5vY29uZGl0 - broken link)
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Old 07-09-2009, 11:31 PM
 
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Well, this is both good and bad. It is important to remember that when they talk about the eastern Pacific, they are generally referring to Southern CA and Mexico. For us, it probably means less snow the coming winter (bad), but probably also means less cold and storms, (good). I remember past el ninos in the northwest where the winters were dry and mild. (A nice change, unless we are in a drought). Bottom line, there isn't much we can do about it. Fortunately, the last few years have been wet and the water situation isn't that bad. However, it can change quickly.

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Old 07-10-2009, 09:53 AM
 
Location: Seattle, WA
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Yeah I heard about that. Probably not good for the upcoming snowboarding season. Oh well, I've been wanting to take a couple of trips to the Rockies anyway..
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Old 07-10-2009, 10:32 AM
 
Location: Seattle Area
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According to data that I have seen El Nino ....is coming back, stronger than we've seen in recent memory.

If this is true it could be a very interesting water year next year...and as we know this summer is shaping up to be the driest on record.
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Old 07-10-2009, 03:17 PM
 
Location: So. Dak.
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That sounds wonderful to me. I didn't mind our winters when they had predicted El Nino. It may not be pleasant in some areas of the country, but it definitely made winter more tolerable up here.
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Old 07-10-2009, 03:20 PM
 
Location: Two Rivers, Wisconsin
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I've heard it, too, from several places. Is El Nino wetter and warmer? I forget the difference between the two, could do a search, I guess.

We've been dry lately so wetter would be good but some areas of the midwest are normal, upper part is too dry.
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Old 07-10-2009, 03:21 PM
 
Location: Eastern Sydney, Australia
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Very, very bad for Australia as El Nino decreases rainfall significantly to southern and eastern Australia and causes droughts, just what we don't need/want! But from rumours/talk, it seems to be looking atm like a "weakish" one.
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Old 07-10-2009, 03:26 PM
 
Location: So. Dak.
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Oh no!!! Not a "weakish one".

Susan, I believe that El Nino is the one that gives us a break from the frigid winter temps. It still gets cold enough, but not much of the sub-zero stuff.
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Old 07-10-2009, 03:30 PM
 
Location: Eastern Sydney, Australia
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I know how El Nino effects Australia and NZ (more drier, sunnier but cooler temperatures) but how does it effect the USA? Does it bring more rain/storms to California and drier conditions to the Pacific Norwest?
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Old 07-10-2009, 03:41 PM
 
Location: Two Rivers, Wisconsin
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OK, a milder winter and less snow would be a good thing, although not for the snow mobilers, skiers, etc. but then the last two have been very good for them!

I did a search and there are articles supporting El Nino because of the Pacific being warmer than normal.
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