As we all know, even though some just don’t want to believe, weather on our planet is changing. It certainly is different from when I was a kid…
The latest installment of “El Niño“, this combination of highly complex patterns in weather triggered by the temperature variation in the oceans, particularly in in the Equatorial Pacific Ocean.
Every three to seven years, the surface waters of a very large strip of the Pacific Ocean, particularly the tropical area, become warmer (or cooler in the case of La Niña) anywhere between 1 to 3 degrees Celsius. This slight variation in temperature directly impacts the rain distribution patterns in the tropical region and can have a strong influence on the weather patterns across the globe.
Why “El Niño”?
El niño is Spanish for “the child”, in reference to Jesus. The weather pattern was given this name by Peruvian fishermen who noticed a warmer current in the Pacific Ocean every year, around Christmas time. In modern days, it was coined to refer to the more extreme displays of itself. It wasn’t until the 1960s that this was not simply a regional Peruvian phenomena, but rather one with much further reach throughout the tropical Pacific.
This phenomena actually lasts anywhere from 3 to 7 years, but it is only the peak, the extreme peaks that get referenced, and those only last 8 to 10 months.
We are still not entirely sure what causes this phenomena. I simply accept it as a reality and sometimes welcome it. For example, I was able to get my home re-roofed in the middle of December… something that any other year would have been virtually impossible to do. And while on topic, I really want to give a shout out to the crew of www.RockfordRoofRepair.com for doing such wonderful jub mat my home.