NASA sees a different kind of El Nino

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https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/20...181633.htm

EXCERPT: A new NASA visualization shows the 2015 El Nino unfolding in the Pacific Ocean, as sea surface temperatures create different patterns than seen in the 1997-1998 El Nino. Computer models are just one tool that NASA scientists are using to study this large El Nino event, and compare it to other events in the past....
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If the same kind of natural event happens more than once, one would expect each event to be a distinct individual, resulting in different measurements and geographical distributions each time. Earthquakes and volcanic eruptions are never identical.

Regarding the current 'el nino'. I'll say that it has been a flop here in California. We were told to prepare for extraordinary rainfall totals and widespread flooding. My local suburb was distributing sand-bags.

What we've seen so far is rainfall at about the yearly average, but nothing extraordinary. (It's sunny right now.) It has done a lot to cut into the drought, but I haven't seen any flooding to speak of.

Actually, the longer-term drought might still be in effect, if a strong el nino can only boost rainfall up to average.
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Apparently there's a big rain-storm on its way (actually several close together) and they are telling us to expect lots of rain, wind, power outages, fallen tree branches and stuff, for a week. The sky is already turning grey and ominous.
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