El Nino is also a Powerful Hurricane Slayer
This year, as we enter the peak of the season, which runs from the end of August until October, NOAA is predicting just six to 10 named storms in the Atlantic, including three that have already struck. One to four will become hurricanes and no more than one is expected to be a major hurricane.
El Nino is a region of warmer-than-normal water in the tropical Pacific that can have widespread effects on weather patterns around the globe, causing heavy rains and flooding in some places, catastrophic droughts in others, and pushing temperatures to unseasonable extremes in others. This year’s El Nino is already the second strongest on record, and is still gaining strength, leading to predictions that it could be a record-breaker.