With last week’s announced “end” to El Nino, it appears as though the cooling trend pendulum is set to swing right across the midpoint over to La Nina:
Officials at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced the official end of a brief and mild El Nino that started last year. That El Nino was credited with partially shutting down last summer’s Atlantic hurricane activity in the midst of what was supposed to be a busy season.
“We’re seeing a shift to the La Nina, it’s clearly in the data,” NOAA Administrator Conrad Lautenbacher said. La Nina, a cooling of the mid-Pacific equatorial region, has not officially begun because it’s a process with several months with specific temperature thresholds, but the trend is obvious based on satellite and ocean measurement data, he said.
This is sure to spark a flurry of media reports about a disasterous hurricane season in the offing. I wonder if this seasons’ reports will reach the fever pitch of doom heard prior to last year’s hurricane season…the season during which not a single hurricane made landfall on the US.