CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – El Nino has to do with a change in the temperature of the Pacific Ocean and that can affect the weather across the United States.
El Nino occurs about every six to seven years when the water in the tropical eastern Pacific gets unusually warm. The Climate Prediction Center now says there is a 65 percent chance that El Nino will set up by this summer. That’s up from 50 percent.
El Nino typically leads to stronger winds in the Caribbean and Atlantic which can limit hurricane and tropical storm development.
Some people 22News talked to aren’t too worried about the return of El Nino right now.
“No, not really. I think it’s going to be a wet summer though the way it’s starting out. It’s hasn’t been too warm lately. It was a bad winter, terrible winter. other than that I hope we see some sun someday,” said Richard Lyons of Westfield.
Climatologists say that during a strong El Nino we often tend to see warmer than normal conditions here in the northeast with less snowfall.