SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — A NASA expert made headlines Thursday when he used the word Godzilla to describe the El Nino forming in the middle of the Pacific.
The government’s monthly climate report said it is the strongest on record — a meteorological monster.
It’s described as big and scary and headed our way. Red and white indicate the rising sea temperatures stretching westward from South America . Now, compare that to the strongest previous El Nino in 1997.
The following winter brought San Francisco twice its annual rainfall and doubled the snow pack in the Sierra. So, how does the higher ocean temperature here affect the weather there?
In El Nino years, the tropical jet stream that usually dumps rain on Central America is shifted north. The catch is that it doesn’t always happen.
We only have records going back to 1950.