Scientists Fear ‘Godzilla El Niño’


This image of the Pacific Ocean, produced using sea surface height measurements taken by the U.S./French TOPEX/Poseidon satellite on November 10 and released November 18 by the Jet Propulsion Lab, shows sea surface height relative to normal ocean conditions. The volume of extra warm surface water (shown in white) in the core of the El Nino continues to increase, especially in the area between 15 degrees south latitude and 15 degrees north latitude in the eastern Pacific Ocean. The area of low sea level (shown in purple) has decreased somewhat from late October. The white and red areas indicate unusual patterns of heat storage; in the white areas, the sea surface is between 14 centimeters and 32 cm (6 inches to 13 inches) above normal; in the red areas, it is about 10 centimeters (4 inches) above normal. The surface area covered by the warm water mass is about one-and-one-half times the size of the continental United States.The forthcoming El Niño may be among the strongest ever when it hits this winter, climatologists say, and may result in record storms.

Some scientists say that “collectively, these atmospheric and oceanic features reflect a significant and strengthening El Niño.”

“This definitely has the potential of being the Godzilla El Niño,” a NASA climatologist said, adding that the warming Pacific waters’ storm signals are currently stronger than in any of its most powerful previous incarnations. Read more at KTLA.

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