NASA sees a different kind of El Nino


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....
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.
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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