What really is the El Nino and what is means for the US

Have you recently heard the term “El Nino?” I was fearing that phrase ever since I learned it in an Oceanography class in community college. I keep hearing it now on the weather when I watch the news. Do you? If you fear it because you do not know much about it, let me enlighten you. This is what to expect from El Nino, since this year is particularly an El Nino year.


According to William White at Investorplace.com, the 2015 El Nino may be one of the worst yet. With the El Nino conditions come fierce patterns of weather. This El Nino, according to White, is expected to go through Spring 2016. Its life cycle is vague up to now, as it is not to be said yet when it will reach a climax and when it will die down.


It will ferociously make its presence known in different ways across the United States. How did it start? Well, El Nino’s usually start when the water temperatures rise near the equator. This El Nino year continues to grow. Right now it is on the path to being a insurmountable menace, but this menace might not be such a menace to all parts of the country. Southern California, though experiencing record heat as well as other parts of the country, will gain rain. This rain will occur in the West Coast, and in California and that is where there is a drought being experienced. One that even left its mark in the Sierra Nevadas as it showed a 500 year low in snowfall for the region.


Higher than the typical temperatures are expected in other parts of the country. Of course, the temperatures are what we might fear with heat waves taking their toll across the country and floods taking place with the excess rain in parts of the country where flooding occurs, preparation is key and should be ongoing!


About Umar Siddiqui

Hi, I am Umar Siddiqui. I am currently a student at the University of California, Riverside majoring in Media and Cultural Studies. My areas of interest in studies are mainly communications, journalism, media, and cultural/ social issues. My hobbies are anything Disney, music, creative writing, fashion, friends, social activism, etc. I am a very sociable person who is outgoing and opinionated; making my opinions known is important to me. I recently completed a fashion journalism short course online at the University of the Arts London's London College of Fashion. I am anticipating to graduate with my Bachelor's of Arts degree spring of 2017.

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