Severe Weather On Uptick In El Niño Year
In an article that I wrote where we asked the question How Is Your Emergency Preparedness? in November, 2014 we made three suggestions.
“First, BE INFORMED including what disasters are specific to your area.
Then you need to MAKE A PLAN including talking to your family about what happens in a natural disaster and practice what to do in an emergency.
And most important is to BUILD A “BUG OUT” KIT that includes emergency food and water supplies, first aid kit, medicines and any other essentials you need to survive for at least 72 hours.”
In today’s episode we will share with you stories about severe weather in an El Niño year. Our good friends at LiveScience tell us that El Nino is a “climate cycle in the Pacific Ocean with a global impact on weather patterns.
The cycle begins when warm water in the western tropical Pacific Ocean shifts eastward along the equator toward the coast of South America. Normally, this warm water pools near Indonesia and the Philippines. During an El Niño, the Pacific’s warmest surface waters sit offshore of northwestern South America.
Forecasters declare an official El Niño when they see both ocean temperatures and rainfall from storms veer to the east. Experts also look for prevailing trade winds to weaken and even reverse direction during the El Niño climate phenomenon.”
In this chapter of our story today from AccuWeather and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, a.k.a. NOAA compiles data on the country’s most economically damaging weather and climate disasters that are billion dollar weather disasters. In the year 2015, there were five severe storm events with losses over $1 billion each. For the eighth consecutive year severe weather events have caused damages exceeding $10 billion in the United States.
The severe weather in Florida recently was a direct result of an El Nino tornado season which this year is a few months early. In El Niño years, severe weather tends to increase for states in the South leading to more rain events, severe weather and tornadoes. Florida’s deadliest tornado outbreaks happen during El Niño years.
This story is about severe weather tornadoes from CBS news reporter David Begnaud. He tells of a rash of early-season tornadoes that hit parts of “Dixie Alley” which “includes much of the area of the lower Mississippi Valley. It stretches from eastern Texas and Arkansas across Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, to upstate South Carolina and western North Carolina; the area reaches as far north as southeast Missouri and southwest Kentucky.”
This part of the country is less well-known for tornadoes than “Tornado Alley.” But hey, a tornado is a tornado no matter where it’s from.
From The Weather Network comes a story about severe weather warning signs.
Those signs include:
- Large hail
- Strong winds
- Debris clouds and tree damage
- Torrential rain
- Severe thunder/lightning
- Dark, often greenish clouds
- Funnel clouds
Don’t be caught flat-footed! We have a great selection of Emergency Essentials that include food, water and first aid stocks to help you and your family through any emergency.
Share with us, if you will, your emergency weather related stories. How did you cope during an emergency?