El Niño Conditions Strengthen, What it Means for Canada

Posted by Kyle Brookings on Saturday, March 16, 2019

NOAA has announced that El Niño conditions strengthened in February.

There is an 80 percent chance of seeing weak El Niño conditions this spring and summer.

El Niño is the warm phase of the El Niño–Southern Oscillation and is associated with a band of warm ocean water that develops in the central and east-central equatorial, including the area off the Pacific coast of South America. 

While no significant global impacts are expected, the majority of Canada generally has milder than normal springs, with the exception of eastern Canada where no significant impacts occur.

It is likely that a weak El Niño will remain in place throughout the upcoming spring and summer.

El Niño is accompanied by high air pressure in the western Pacific and low air pressure in the eastern Pacific.



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