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Aug 14, 2015 7:18 PM

Joe Knows: El Nino could be the strongest in recorded history


El Nino is back.

If you were around in 1997, you may remember this weather phenomenon that created havoc across the globe - and this new El Nino could be even worse.

It happens every two to seven years, when the waters of the Eastern Pacific Ocean become much warmer than usual.

El Nino was first named many years ago when noticed by Latin American fishermen. It means "little boy" or "Christ child" because it would often begin around Christmas.

Well, this little boy has suddenly turned into a big boy.

El Nino is a phenomenon known to cause major weather pattern shifts around the globe that can spawn disasters.

El Nino will likely bring once in a generation storms to the drought-stricken West Coast later in the year, with torrential rains that could also bring deadly flooding and mudslides.

So is this year's El Nino is going to be just as bad? Almost every forecast predicts that this will be the strongest one in recorded history.

Because it is already stronger and larger than the Super El Nino of '97, some experts at the National Weather Services are even call it a Godzilla El Nino.

Each El Nino is different so it's tought to predict which region will be hardest hit. But because of the warmth El Nino is bringing into the overall global pattern, it is a near certainty that 2015 will go down as the warmest year on record.


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