El Nino winter brings extremes

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH)–It’s been a mild winter in Central Ohio, with less than 6 inches of snow in Columbus.

Other parts of the country have not fared so well, with frequent storms across the South, and heavy snowfalls in the Upper Midwest and along in the mid-Atlantic. It’s as if Columbus is sitting in the median of the weather superhighway for storms, with systems going west and south of Ohio.

The West has received ample precipitation, slowly easing the severe four-year drought, though there is a long way to go to fill reservoirs in the Sierra Nevada and northern California.

A Pacific storm complex will come ashore this weekend and head east to the southern Rockies and Midwest next week, bringing the potential for another outbreak of severe weather as far north as the lower Ohio Valley.

Storms have been fueled by El Nino warmth all winter long, a cyclic pattern that adds heat to the atmosphere and has global impacts; drought in parts of Asia and South Africa, and heavy rain in parts of South and Central America, and across the southern United States. The flow tends to prevent arctic air from reaching Ohio as often, though there are signs of a cold blast arriving the end of next week.

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