El Niño

In lieu of my post from two weeks ago, I figured that I would talk a little bit more about El Niño and its current state. This climate phenomenon occurs in the equatorial region of the Pacific. Its effects can be observed globally and tend to follow certain patterns.

Here’s an in depth description of El Niño courtesy of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

NASA’s Global Climate Change branch released an article on February 10, 2016 that compares the El Niño of 1998 to the El Niño of 2016. This article can be found here.

I like how the people quoted in the passage talk about the apparent shape of the colored anomalies, stating “Jason 2 satellite’s image of the 2016 El Niño looks a lot like a crocodile, complete with an eye and a tapered snout.” This statement embodies both the physical shape of the surface area covered, but also how El Niño impacts the global climate.

Although  El Niño is a natural climate forcing mechanism, the anthropogenic inputs to the global climate are working to alter these aspects.



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