Wet Weather We Can Get Used To?September 16th, 2012 at 10:03 am by davidyeomans under Weather
The developing El Nino conditions (warmer than average water in the eastern Equatorial Pacific Ocean) usually mean a wetter, cooler-than-average fall and winter season for folks here in central Texas.
The weather picture this morning depicts a strong upper-level low pressure system that has moved fairly far south for this time of year. During El Nino conditions, it is typical that storms take a more southerly track – as this one is doing.
Does this mean we can attribute today’s widespread rainfall to El Nino?
Not quite.. the El Nino conditions are still in the “developing” phase and are not yet fully-established. Additionally, meteorologists are usually hesitant to attribute any specific event to a much broader pattern change like El Nino, seeing as storms can happen for a multitude of other reasons.
What we can say, however, is that if the El Nino pattern unfolds as predicted over the next couple of months, we can expect to enjoy many more days of beneficial rainfall through the fall and winter.