PMEL in the News
Ocean temperatures rise, boosting odds of El Nino ahead
Pacific Ocean temperatures are rising along the equator, a signal that winter likely will be warmer than normal in the Northwest. Federal climatologists peg the odds that an El Nino will form in the next couple of months at 70 to 75 percent, a 5 percent increase since mid-September. The warm ocean should influence late winter weather, but El Ninos historically have had little effect on snow accumulation in Washington before Jan. 1, State Climatologist Nick Bond said Monday. Nick Bond is quoted.
El Nino winter could mean warmer temps, less snow in Inland Northwest
El Nino winters often bring warmer than normal temperatures and below normal snowfall. That would mean warmer and drier temperatures for the months of December, January and February in the Inland Northwest. Nick Bond is mentioned.
'The blob' was an extreme example of a marine heatwave
Glenn Farley interviews Washington State Climatologist Nick Bond of the University of Washington. We had a preview of what climate change could look like here during a period of "the blob."
New animation shows how unusual Indonesian tsunami has implications for Puget Sound
New animation produced by the Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory in Seattle is giving us our first scientific look at the tsunami that has ravaged parts of Indonesia. The animation, which is an original version based on the available facts, shows energy trapped inside of a long fjord-like bay, ricocheting off the east and west shorelines, with the City of Palu at the south end. Vasily Titov is interviewed.
Is the World Ready for the Next Big Tsunami?
The twin earthquake-tsunami disaster in Indonesia late last week raised new questions about how prepared the global system is to react to future events. Since the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami devastated countries throughout the region, a global system of regional and national centers has sprung up to react to the first tremors along the ocean floor. Diego Arcas is quoted.