El Nino could alter weather patterns in Texas
POSTED: Monday, April 28, 2014 - 8:17pm
UPDATED: Monday, April 28, 2014 - 8:18pm
Tyler, Texas (KETK) — There are more indications that the Pacific Basin is in transition to a strong El Nino pattern.
In the Western North Pacific, just east of Guam,Tropical Storm Tapah is moving north and will probably cross the northern Mariana Islands in the next 36 hours. This is the 6th tropical cyclone, the 5th to reach tropical storm intensity so far this year in the Western North Pacific.
In 1965 there were 6 storms by the end of April, the most ever so early.
During that year the pattern changed from a weak La Nina to strong El Nino pattern. This is just another in a series of synoptic events reinforcing the trend of a developing El Nino.
During El Niño years the Atlantic Basin has below normal tropical storm and hurricane activity which was the case last year even though Pacific was in a neutral pattern.
With less activity expected all it takes is one hurricane to cause loss of life and destruction, so the public shouldn't let their guard down even with less storms expected.
El Niño for Texas means above normal temperatures and below normal rainfall during the summer. It also can lead to a wet winter for Texas.