Wetter Winter in Florida

The same weather pattern that has helped make this a quieter hurricane season will likely cause a slightly cooler and wetter winter in Florida.

Researchers have confirmed that El Nino has reappeared in the eastern Pacific Ocean for the first time in four years.

That phenomenon is caused by unusually warm sea surface temperatures.

El Nino causes climate changes around the world, including slightly cooler temperatures and more rainfall during the winter months in Florida.

Weather expert James O'Brien at Florida State University says El Nino also creates a weather pattern that hinders the formation of hurricanes.

He says that that winds up at 20,000 feet are too strong and knock over the thunderstorms so that a hurricane can't get organized.

While El Nino causes a cooler, wetter winter in Florida, it also helps prevent severe cold snaps that can damage Florida's citrus and vegetables. El Nino creates a jet stream across the southern part of the country that blocks cold arctic air from Canada.


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