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Published on Jan 5, 2016
As the end of 2015 approaches, weather experts continue to warm of the possible effects that the current strong El Nino event may bring. Towards the end of this 3rd timelapse installment, we see that the high pressure area over the pacific has broken down, allowing the polar jetstream to stear a series of storms towards the west coast... As of this video, the snow pack in the Sierras (where much of southern California's water comes from) is said to be at 110% of normal, and the current series of storms beginning 1-5-2016 could be taking that total much higher. Is this the of the current west coast drought? I guess we'll see!
Over 2900 still images were collected every 20 minutes for 2-months to make this video. This view from the GOES weather satellite and shows the northern hemisphere (United States) in an infra-red wavelength that is sensitive to water vapor in Earth's atmosphere (light areas are moist and dark is more dry) which is good for showing where storms/rain may be more likely as well as being visible in both day and night time. The term "El Nino" refers to an event of warmer than normal pacific ocean surface temperatures along the equator and west coast of the Americas, which can't be seen in these images. However, the El Nino event is believed change and enhance storm patterns in the northeastern pacific, which may turn-up as more active than normal weather in the video. Time lapse sequence made from original Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES) still images, courtesy of NOAA.GOV (public domain data).
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