The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Thursday issued an El Nino advisory, announcing the arrival of the climatic condition. It may not quite be like the others.
It formed a month or two earlier than most El Ninos do, which “gives it room to grow,” and there’s a 56% chance it will be considered strong and a 25% chance it reaches supersized levels, said climate scientist Michelle L’Heureux, head of NOAA’s El Nino/La Nina forecast office.
“If this El Nino tips into the largest class of events ... it will be the shortest recurrence time in the historical record,” said Kim Cobb, a climate scientist at Brown University. Such a short gap between El Ninos leaves communities with less time to recover from damages to infrastructure, agriculture, and ecosystems like coral reefs.
I am very proud to see this officially called. I feel somewhat attached, since it is a ghost, which has great meaning for me. Expect more announcements about all the ghostly effects.
ps. and noaa has released the US temperatures - about 30th warmest May. This won't make the headlines.
pps. I shall officially name this 'El Nooa'. And it exists the same way that the Jet Stream does.