Whither Weather: Huge El Nino forming, and More!

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Saharan dust flowed northwest and mixed with European and local fossil fuel pollution to create hazardous smog in England (arrow) recently. Source: British Met Office.

WITHER WEATHER

OO Smog Turns Deadly in London – as it is enveloped in a hazardous mix of Saharan dust, European pollution and its own traffic pollution.

OO Australia: Hottest Water Temperatures in 200+ Years Threaten Coral Reefs

OO China: Portable ‘Fresh Air’ Bags Rescue Smog-Ridden City – a new way of life: taking drags of fresh air from oxygen bags…

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Look what’s coming our way — literally! What you’re seeing is a mass of hot water (those numbers on the isobars are anomalously warm temperatures in degrees Celsius) stretching across the Pacific Ocean, viewed as a cross section of ocean depth – the top represents the ocean surface. This is shaping up to be one of the strongest El Nino weather cycles ever seen. Source: NOAA

OO El Nino Update: Monster Kelvin Wave Continues to Emerge and Intensify – remember all that global warming heat that the Pacific Ocean has been absorbing since 2000? It looks like it’s about to give some of it back to us, in the form of a giant mass of hot water that, as it travels east and breaks the ocean surface, will create a rippling series of atmospheric disturbances around the globe.

Judging from previous El Ninos (a weather cycle created by buildups of hot water at the eastern edge of the Pacific), this El Nino promises to be a whopper, according to NOAA data. Hang on tight, folks, for more spectacular floods, droughts and higher temperatures unfolding in the coming months!

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About melharte

Mel (Mary Ellen) Harte is a biologist (PhD) and climate change educator. She co-authored the free online book, COOL THE EARTH, SAVE THE ECONOMY, available at www.CoolTheEarth.US, and writes the CLIMATE CHANGE THIS WEEK column at the HuffingtonPost. Living summers in the alpine Rockies, she is on the frontlines of watching what climate change can do. Her diagnostic digital photographs of wildflowers have appeared in numerous publications.
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One Response to Whither Weather: Huge El Nino forming, and More!

  1. PoshPedlar says:

    Saharan dust made a terrible mess of my windows. Which had just been cleaned.

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