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  • Summer outlook/El Nino returns?

    Hi everyone

    I’m going to be taking some time off over the next few days for the long holiday weekend, but I’ll make sure I post a couple of open blogs for you to chat.

    Taking a look at our forecast heading into the next few months unfortunately doesn’t look good for the areas suffering from extreme drought…

    Here’s a peak at NOAA’s temperature outlook:

    With the drought being so dire over parts of the west and southern plains, we’re not going to see much moisture until the fall/winter season which is October/November, so it’s going to be a long, hot, dry summer for these regions.

    As far as hurricanes go (the season begins June 1st), we’re forecasting lower than average storms this year due to the return of El Nino (a warming of ocean waters in the equatorial pacific) which typically leads to a weather pattern change over an area that sees hurricane development.

    Upper level winds increase during an El Nino season which means systems sometimes don’t have time to strengthen or intensify.  However, it only takes one hurricane to make landfall and cause extreme destruction, so we can’t let our guard down.

    Here’s another piece of good news during an El Nino event:

    Wetter conditions across California and the Southern U.S. (where we have the drought).  So lets cross our fingers that this might happen as we get into the late fall winter months.

    That’s all for now!  I’ll talk to you guys next week.  Have a GREAT long weekend.


Margie Gacki

Hey Sam, sorry to hear about the deer eating your veggies. That's frustrating. And that's a bummer about your hot water tank. I hope it didn't cause a flood! Hey to everyone else out there! We're back to warmer weather around here. It was 68 and humid when I left for work this morning. It's 77 now. We even have a heat index! Have a great day, everyone! Margie

May 22, 2014 at 10:25 am


Warm today but a hazy filtered sun type of day. If El Nino shows up this year the ocean off the coast will warm up and affect the salmon runs. During the last one the tuna moved in right off the coast. Usually they hang out about 200 miles. We are seeing weather right now about like what we had in 1957-1958. More later, gonna go check to make sure the garden doesn't need a little watering. Take care all, be safe....Sam

May 21, 2014 at 6:58 pm


JD, thank you so much for your prayers and kind words for San Marcos, the firefighters thanked the citizens for their cooperation and of course firefighters are the real deal when it comes to heroes, 39 burned but ohhhhh soooo many were saved and what difference a week makes, today cool, breezy and safe. Hope all our regular bloggers are having a nice day on HUMP day!

May 21, 2014 at 4:13 pm

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