The long anticipated warm phase of the El Niño Southern Oscillation has finally arrived. According to an announcement made by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), El Niño has arrived in the northwestern United States. The federal agency focused on the condition of the oceans and the atmosphere stated that the El Niño is not strong enough to make huge changes.
The agency said the weather pattern had slid into the area last month and could last through the spring. According to NOAA forecaster, Michelle L’Heureux, there are very few chances that this El Niño will be as dangerous as it was in 1998 when it first made headlines.
L’Heureux said that the agency’s announcement is a basic declaration. The announcement has been made because the agency is not able to declare a weak version of the weather pattern, as per L’Heureux.
According to some reports, this El Niño is unlikely to have much of an effect on the weather patterns in the country. The reports also stated that it will not provide much respite for California as the state suffers droughts, but some meteorologists said that the event could make change in weather patterns in other regions across the world. The event could result in increased temperatures for the year.
In 2014, researchers from International Research Institute for Climate and Society and NOAA Climate Prediction Center had revealed that there are possibilities that an El Niño will take shape soon. Meteorologists told about a Kelvin wave that was detected traveling the Pacific from west to east. The Kelvin wave turned out to be a false alarm, but according to the reports, another plume has been traveling across the Pacific.