Impact of El Niño on the Southeast U.S.

Variability from year to year is high in the eastern and central Pacific. El Nio years tend to be warmer and wetter, whereas La Nia years tend to be colder and drier

 The current phase of the ENSO cycle is known as the El Nio phase. The presence of El Nio in the equatorial Pacific

The world feels both the positive and negative effects of El Nio. Some El Nio affects are helpful for Florida and the Southeast U.S., while others are not.

Due to increasing vertical wind shear, El Nio has been associated with lower Atlantic hurricane activity.

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Florida receives more rain than usual during the fall, winter, and spring because of El Nio, which decreases the likelihood of wildfires but increases the likelihood of flooding.

Florida is more likely to experience damaging winter storms during El Nio years because of the pattern of increased storminess across the southern United States.

The Gulf Coast is cooler and wetter due to the subtropical jet stream, not arctic breakouts. Storm paths average farther south, delivering more clouds, rain, and severe weather.

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