If you have been keeping up to date with the current Hurricane Season, you might have heard the term El Nino being tossed around to describe the current situation, but what does that mean? In this article, we will discuss El Nino and La Nina effects and what they mean for hurricane season.
Both are part of a natural climate cycle that occur every two to seven years and hold opposite effects in relation to each other. To start, El Nino is marked by the Pacific Ocean experiencing a period of warmer than average sea surface temperatures. It also weakens the easterly trade winds, all of which combine to lead to decreased hurricane activity in the Atlantic, but can lead to increased rain in the Southern US and South America.
La Nina works the opposite. Marked through a cooling of the Pacific Ocean and strengthened easterly trade winds, La Nina tends to lead to increased hurricane activity in the Atlantic. This can also lead to other climate effects such as flooding in some areas and droughts in others. With the current season being marked with El Nino, hopefully we can see a calm conclusion to the 2023 season!
We hope you found this information about the difference between the El Nino and La Nina climate phenomena to be insightful for this and coming hurricane seasons. At AJS, we are committed to serving the Gulf Coast and beyond in moving, building, and leveling and we are here to help you and your properties. For lifting, construction, or moving, give us a call today to schedule a free consultation!