I routinely get emails from the Climate Prediction Center about La Nina ENSO Neutral or El Nino conditions in the equatorial area of the Eastern Pacific Ocean. The last two months, they’ve predicted a 60% chance of El Nino in the Northern Hemisphere, fall season with a 70% chance by Winter.
For Oklahoma, this could be great news since the last to El Nino years, we received more than 50 inches of rain. We’ve been in La Nina (drought) years for the last two years and have struggled to get even normal rainfall. While none of this is guaranteed, it is certainly exciting potential news for our area, that is, if you like rain the way I do. In 2015 we had 52 inches of rain, and 18 of those inches fell in the month of May alone. In 2007 we had 50 inches of rain, tropical storm Erin and a major ice storm that left more than a million people without power, statewide and more than 300,000 just in the Oklahoma City area.
While I don’t wish any physical harm to people or property, I do love stormy weather, and even just rain. I am very hopeful this is a wet year coming our way. We need a good wet year to overcome the seemingly never ending droughts that we’ve been having. I’ll be watching and hoping for a positive outcome.