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Don't let El Niño be a Disaster in Your Life

9/28/2015 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Don't let El Niño be a Disaster in Your Life El Nino, Crystal Pier

The El Niño currently brewing in the Pacific is expected to be the strongest in our recorded history, according to the Climate Prediction Center. We are expected to get the highest levels of rainfall in the shortest amount of time in the last 50 years. 


What does this mean for you? It is important to understand just what an El Niño is before we can answer that question. El Niño means The Little Boy, or Christ Child in Spanish. More specifically it is referring to a crying little boy; hence, why the heavy rainfall is associated with his tears. El Niño was originally recognized by fishermen off the coast of South America in the 1600s, with the appearance of unusually warm water in the Pacific Ocean. Climate experts define El Niño as when the sea-surface temperature in a key region of the Central Pacific is increased by at least 0.5 degrees Celsius for several months. These slightly warmer waters add energy and moisture to the atmosphere and in turn can alter storm patterns and severity. Effecting the entire western coast of the western United Sates and western Mexico.


A few degrees doesn’t sound like it would have a great effect, but history begs to differ.


During the 1997-98 El Niño— the current record holder for California— the increase was 2.3 degrees Celsius. These conditions caused California to experience severe land erosion, flooding and agricultural losses from intense rainfall. It was calculated that the damage caused from the 1997-98 El Niño was over $1 billion.


Check back next month to read more about all the preventative measures you can take to make sure that this year’s El Niño does not become a disaster in your life, and remember: SERVPRO of Carlsbad is here 365 days a year, 24 hours a day to make any-sized disaster disappear