It’s El Nino, not global warming, driving warm weather in the Pacific Northwest
I was standing outside my office yesterday during an unseasonably warm, sunny, winter day. It’s been that way for the past month, and I have no complaints. A co-worker walked by and we both commented about the beautiful day. However, she said it’s sad for the environment that global warming is working this quickly. Huh?
Any scientist would tell you that our current weather is being driven by larger cyclical forces and not global warming (although it is cyclical as well). El Nino is a well-researched phenomenon that just happens to be occurring right now.
The model predicts warm weather, and that’s exactly what we’re seeing. And for the folks we left behind on the east coast – enjoy the snow, just like the model predicts.
Data via WUnderground
Map via NOAA