BY DAVID FLORES
According to Mexico’s Meteorology System and NOAA, the “El Niño” oceanographic phenomenon is expected to return in June this year, following three years of “La Niña.”
El Nino: What it is and why it matters: The El Nino-Southern Oscillation (or ENSO) is a climate pattern defined by sea surface temperature and precipitation departures from normal across the equatorial Pacific Ocean which can influence weather and climate patterns across the U.S. and around the world.
El Nino is the warm phase of ENSO when ocean temperatures are warmer and precipitation is greater than normal in the area spanning the central to eastern Pacific Ocean.
The hurricane season officially begins on May 15 in the Eastern Pacific Ocean and will end on November 30.
Following are the names chosen by the World Meteorological Organization for this year. It’s fun to cut it, post it in your fridge and cross the ones that didn’t happen.
Arlene, Bret, Cindy, Don, Emily, Franklin, Gert, Harold, Idalia, Jose, Katia, Lee, Margot, Nigel, Ophelia, Philippe, Rina, Sean, Tammy, Vince and Whitney.
Since 1953, Atlantic tropical storms had been named from lists originated by the National Hurricane Center. They are now maintained and updated through a strict procedure by an international committee of the World Meteorological Organization. ,