Weather Tidbits: El Niño
The ENSO talk continues on this Weather Tidbits with El Niño. El Niño happens when the waters of the central & eastern Tropical Pacific Ocean are warmer than normal. The Pacific jet stream sets up over the Southern United States bringing wet & cool conditions. This amplified jet also allows for the chance of coastal storms to develop for the East Coast. The polar jet stays well north into parts of Canada, bringing warm conditions for the northern half of the country. El Niño gets its name as this warming of tropical water happens during Christmas.