No Weather Guarantees

Certain terms gradually build into the common vernacular.  Each year the new words that are added to the Oxford Dictionary usually make big headlines on local and national news.  In weather, although many terms have been around for decades within the weather community, in recent years, certain terms have become common place in society.

The term Doppler would be a great example of this.  Another term that garners wide use is El Nino (the warming of equatorial waters in the Pacific Ocean).  The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) this past summer issued a forecast that an El Nino was likely to develop for this upcoming winter which prompted many individuals to email and talk to me about our upcoming mild winter.  Yet, there are serious doubts if an El Nino will develop (so far it has not), plus as we learned during the 2009-2010 winter, an El Nino is no guarantee of a “soft” winter.

The weather is far more complicated than a fancy term.