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The Boy Lingers

Figures I would move into a solar adobe in an El Niño year. 

From the excellent Durango Telegraph's Will Sands:

“Not every El Niño delivers, but last week’s storm was classic El Niño.” Wolter (atmospheric scientist with the University of Colorado at Boulder and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) said.

The current event is the strongest El Niño since the winter of 1997-98 and “the boy” promises to linger in the Southwest for the remainder of the winter.

“El Niño is cranking this year, and this is the strongest event since 1997-98, which was really the benchmark,” Wolter said. “I also don’t expect it to die off or go away anytime soon. We typically expect a wet spring with El Niño.”

Wolter characterized last week’s storm as an extraordinary event – not record-breaking but likely among the top 10 biggest storms to hit the region in the last 50 years. The fact that it came on the heels of a large storm in early December is also significant, he said. “Extreme storm events seem to be getting more common in Colorado,” the scientist said, noting research into the last five decades of snowfall data. However, Wolter also said he is not ready to point any fingers or name any  causes. “You’re not going to get me to say it’s because of global warming,” he remarked. “The cause really is not as important as whether it’s getting wetter or drier in the region."

Comments

Bob

"you don't need a weatherman to know which was the wind blows" - but it turns out to be handy to have some idea about the sea surface temperature in the equatorial Pacific Ocean.
http://www.elnino.noaa.gov/

Better then a drought, eh?
http://www.drought.gov/portal/server.pt/community/drought_gov/202;jsessionid=916A37905A47A2986A939749353FD7B4

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