07/10/2019, 4:54 am EDT

When El Nino Ends Mid-Year & Influence on North Atlantic Tropical Cyclone Season

Several forecast models have dissipated El Nino and project either neutral ENSO or weak La Nina emerging during the North Atlantic tropical cyclone season. In previous years when El Nino started the year and dissipated mid-year tropical cyclone activity including numbers of hurricanes in the North Atlantic basin were above normal and sometimes excessive.
06/06/2019, 1:32 pm EDT

Climate Impact Research: What Caused Recent Great Plains Rainfall Pattern To Change?

Pattern change in the U.S. especially featuring major precipitation events often is caused by presence of the Madden Julian oscillation or a tropical cyclone.
05/02/2019, 4:28 pm EDT

Are El Nino Global SSTA Patterns Changing?

Modern-day El Nino episodes have a tendency to occur while many other parts of the global oceans are also warmer than normal. This observation is a large change from the previous strong El Nino episodes of 1982-83/1997-98 when most of the oceanic heat and influence on atmospheric climate was consolidated in the tropical East Pacific. Consequently, our understanding of El Nino climate rooted in the influence on the atmosphere by the 1982-83/1997-98 warm ENSO events is different for many regions.
03/12/2019, 2:40 pm EDT

Polar Vortex ALSO Causes Late Winter Heavy Precipitation

An intense high level atmospheric polar vortex developed during late winter. Strong positive arctic oscillation identifies the presence of the strong polar vortex. The polar vortex pattern caused extreme temperature the past 30 days in the U.S. BUT ALSO the excessive precipitation leading to early spring flooding.