KUSA - Warmer-than-normal water in the tropical Pacific is creating a weather/ocean circulation pattern known as "El Nino."
9NEWS Meteorologist Marty Coniglio spoke with Dr. Klaus Wolter, who is an El Nino expert climatologist working at the University of Colorado and the NOAA.
Dr. Wolter branded this season's El Nino as "90%" of some of the largest known events in recent history which puts the 2015 to 2016 El Nino in rare company.
The other extremely powerful El Ninos were in 1997 to 1998, 1982 to 1983, and 1877 to 1978.
Despite all of the worry, El Nino winters can be warm and dry for extended periods in the northern half of Colorado, but if we have big snowstorms that happen between mid-November and the end of the year the snow cover can create colder than average conditions.
One of the most common things that happens in an El Nino winter/spring season is large snowstorms early in the spring. So even if we have a warm, dry winter we'll be on the lookout for a big storm or two in March or April.
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