El Niño: Beyond the Hype
t’s a year that will go down in the history books: perhaps the strongest El Niño ever recorded. Perhaps a record year for precipitation, after years of record-breaking drought. Almost certainly the warmest year ever recorded. In this special, reader-funded series, Bay Nature goes beyond the media hyperbole of the “Godzilla El Nino” to explore what this phenomenon means — and doesn’t — for Northern California.
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What can we learn from last winter's El Niño not behaving as expected?
The forecast for rain for 2015-2016 followed El Niño convention. But the pattern broke the rules.
Scientists still aren't sure what to make of what's happened in the Pacific Ocean this year.
The explanation for El Niño has been revealed only slowly, piece by piece over a century, as dedicated researchers in far-flung locations searched for explanations for the droughts and deluges they witnessed.
Two strong historical El Nino wet winters nurture hope for relief from our current drought. But there are several good reasons to hedge about the coming winter.
It's hot. And the next El Niño will likely blow away even 2014’s temperature record, locally, statewide, and globally.
For the past decade, the Applied California Current Ecosystem Studies expedition has monitored the ocean waters just west of the Bay Area. Recently, researchers took the boat in search of krill, the base of California's marine life.
Climate Change | Habitats: Freshwater, Bay, Marine | Wildlife: Birds, Mammals, Fish
The Galapagos damselfish exists only in the specimens collection at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, the victim of an unusually strong El Nino. Thoughts on the fish, and its lessons in a changing world.
Wildlife: Birds, Mammals, Fish