El Niño conditions observed and will intensify through winter

Sea-surface temperature anomalies in the area monitored for El Niño on June 8, 2023

Luke 21:25 “And there will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth distress of nations in perplexity because of the roaring of the sea and the waves

Important Takeaways:

  • El Niño conditions have been observed and are expected to persist. The advisory is kind of like any other advisory or warning, but for a much longer time period.
  • This is the first time these conditions have been in place in almost four years.
  • This warmer water near the equator in the Pacific Ocean can affect weather patterns thousands of miles away.
  • That could impact summer, the hurricane season and the next winter ahead.
  • An El Niño is a periodic warming of a strip of water straddling the equator in the Pacific Ocean.
  • NOAA declares an El Niño has developed when sea-surface temperatures in a certain region of the equatorial Pacific Ocean have reached at least 0.9 degrees Fahrenheit above average for at least a month and are accompanied by changes in the atmosphere.
  • That warming is occurring both at the surface and a few hundred meters below the surface, supporting the developing El Niño.
  • This El Niño could be a strong one.

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