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Daryl Ritchison, Published October 15 2012

Weather Talk: Weather terms such as El Nino now widely known

Certain terms gradually build into the common vernacular. The new words that are added to the Oxford Dictionary make headlines in the news every year.

Although many terms have been around for decades within the weather community, in recent years, certain terms have become commonplace in society. The term Doppler would be a great example of this.

Another term that garners wide use is El Nino (the warming of equatorial waters in the Pacific Ocean). The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration this past summer issued a forecast that an El Nino was likely to develop for this upcoming winter, which prompted many questions about our upcoming mild winter. Yet, there are serious doubts if an El Nino will develop (so far it has not); also as we learned during the 2009-10 winter, an El Nino is no guarantee of a “soft” winter. The weather is far more complicated than a fancy term.


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