El Niño Arrives in the Pacific

El Niño Arrives in the Pacific

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El Niño Arrives in the Pacific

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NOAA scientists last week announced the arrival of El Ni!±o, a climate phenomenon with a significant influence on global weather and ocean conditions. El Ni!±o, the periodic warming of central and eastern tropical Pacific waters, occurs on average every two to five years and typically lasts about 12 months.- Scientist predict that this El Ni!±o will continue developing during the next several months, with further strengthening possible. The event is expected to last through winter 2009-10. So what does this mean for Tahoe weather? Well, the term El Ni!±o refers to a rapid, dramatic warming of the sea-surface temperatures in the eastern tropical Pacific, chiefly along the north-central coast of South America and westward.- Generally, this means a cooler and wetter winter for the Tahoe basin.- Let’s keep our fingers crossed. Read full press release from NOAA

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