Climatologists Describe Building Weather Pattern as a Godzilla El Niño

Climatologists Describe Building Weather Pattern as a Godzilla El Niño



USA - Reports continue to assure that El Niño’s strength keeps building, but it’s hard not to get excited/anxious when scientists start to compare the growing weather pattern to characters like Godzilla.

William "Bill"Patzert, Climatologist, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, NASA"This definitely has the potential of being the Godzilla El Niño," Bill Patzert, a Climatologist with NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Cañada Flintridge, told NPR.

Patzert said in the report that right now this El Niño has already surpassed the one that occurred in 1997, which is the strongest on record.

The 1997–98 El Niño observed by TOPEX/Poseidon. The white areas off the Tropical Western coasts of northern South and all Central America as well as along the Central-eastern equatorial and Southeastern Pacific Ocean indicate the pool of warm water. (Phot Source: NASA)

As we previously reported, scientists have been solidifying their evaluations of both the strength and amount of time El Niño will be impacting the Northern Hemisphere.

Now, according to the National Weather Center’s Climate Prediction Center, there is a greater than 90 percent chance that El Niño will continue through Northern Hemisphere winter 2015-16, and around an 85 percent chance it will last into the early spring of 2016.

“All models surveyed predict El Niño to continue into the Northern Hemisphere spring 2016, and all multi-model averages predict a strong event at its peak in late fall/early winter,” the CPC stated in an alert system status, issuing an El Niño Advisory.

"If this lines up to its potential, this thing can bring a lot of floods, mudslides and mayhem," Patzert said, according to NPR.

Photo Source: San Diego Union-Tribune

As we previously reported, El Niños tend to have a greater effect on the U.S.’s winter weather than its summer, with a tendency to lessen hurricane season in the Atlantic hurricane season and contributing to an above-normal hurricane season in both the central and eastern Pacific hurricane basins.

While previous El Niños show a pattern of an increase in rainfall, it’s not an exact science, which could explain the hesitancy in reports guaranteeing as opposed to forecasting a wet winter.

Though there has not been a guaranteed connection to this El Niño bringing some much-needed rain to the western portion of the U.S., the strength of the pattern itself continues to grow.

As soon as experts begin comparing it to the Hulk, AndNowUKnow will let you know. So stay tuned.

National Weather Service Climate Prediction