Pat Shingleton: "El Nino UpDate"
The National Weather Service, working in conjunction with the International Research Institute for Climate Society have initiated their yearly El Nino watch. The term used for the warming of the Equatorial waters of the Pacific, off the west coast of South America, is "ENSO" or "El Nino Southern Oscillation." Experts monitor sea surface temperatures across the equatorial Pacific and above normal readings can indicate more tropical storms. After February, chances of El Nino development decline and become "ENSO-neutral." Temperatures did increase in October and November but didn't alter atmospheric patterns while in December, temperatures decreased. Computer forecast models are suggesting limited changes from now until May.