heir forecast shows that this El Nino will persist throughout winter of 2015 and into 2016, until it finally weakens in spring of next year.
El Nino is an irregular, yet cyclic warming of the central and eastern equatorial Pacific ocean area. It is still not completely known as to what causes El Nino. Water in the affected area can warm for as little as 6 months to as long as a year and a half, occurring as a steady cycle for every 2-7 years.
You may have wondered as to why the previous few tropical storms heading for Florida stayed puny and underdeveloped, instead of reaching full-on hurricane status. El Nino in the Pacific tends to cause increased wind shear in the tropical Atlantic Basin, which helps to limit the development and strengthening of tropical cyclones. Strong wind shear played a factor in diminishing Hurricane Danny, Tropical Storm Erika, Hurricane Fred, and Tropical Storm Grade from August to September this year. In contrast, the Pacific basin has been extremely active due to El Nino conditions- seeing as many as 6 active tropical cyclones all at once.
The East coast will be seeing wetter than normal conditions which can cause unexpected flooding and leaks in residential areas. Such water damage can cause mold growth in as little as 48 hours and should be addressed right away. If you have any questions or concerns about water damage in your home, don?t hesitate to call MVP Environmental Solutions.
Photo Credit: NOAA Climate.gov, based on originals by Gerry Bell.