What Does the Fading El Niño Weather Pattern Mean for Dallas-Fort Worth?

An El Niño that formed in February and lingered into the summer is starting to weaken, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.The fading El Niño could bring some extra rain to North Texas from the Gulf of Mexico — but nothing like what the area saw last fall. El Niño and its counterpart, La Niña, are climate patterns that can affect weather around the world. They usually appear every two to seven years. El Niños are characterized by above-average temperatures in the Pacific Ocean. La Niñas bring below-average temperatures. In the southern U.S., El Niño patterns generally mean wetter weather, which North Texas saw in June, mostly in the form of strong storms.Temperatures in the Pacific are still above average, but they have dropped, according to the NOAA. The latest measurements showed that temperatures in the Pacific were 0.6 degrees Celsius above normal — slightly above the 0.5-degree threshold for El Niño conditions. Temperatures are expected to continue to decrease within the next two months until they reach neutral. What could neutral conditions mean for Dallas-Fort Worth? It could mean an increase in tropical activity, according to Matt Bishop, a National Weather Service meteorologist.   Continue reading...

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