For Missourians in the United States winter to weather can be as unpredictable as the weather during fall, summer and spring. But this past winters massive floods throughout the state is something no one saw coming.
Most residence can count snow and some freezing temperatures, however there was very little if any snow on the ground the week leading into the Christmas Holiday. ABC 17’s Brittany Beggs predicted in late November, that El Nino, a phase were a jet stream of warm weather is changed by the sea level pressure, causes temperatures to rise in the pacific and Midwest United States.
“Typically a strong El Nino and warm PDO phase means below average snowfall and warmer temperatures like we’ve experienced this month,” Beggs wrote in her article.
Not just in Missouri, but New York has had temperatures in the mid-60s, for a state that’s is usually buried under a feet of snow during the winter season, in fact New York has been warmer than Los Angeles, California! The Associated Press reports that a large part of the country is enjoying the warm weather including the Northern Plains and the East Coast.
El Nino storm is currently pouring down on the pacific coast. California had been experiencing a four year drought that hurt farmers and water sources throughout the state. El Nino has not been as strong as it had been expected. The storm would rank dead last in terms of impact since 1950, according to David Pierce, a climate researcher for Scripps Institution of Oceanography.
Missouri experienced some heavy rainfall during the week of Christmas. Three days of persistent rain lead to flooding around the state. The worst places harmed included Pacific, Eureka and Bull Creek Village, in Eureka, more than 120 homes and business were affected by the flood damage and emergency crews had to perform over 100 recuses.
The rain fall caused the Meramec River to rise and wreak havoc in the neighboring towns, including stopping traffic for a few days along I-44. Central Baptist Church has been taking donations on behalf of families and business that will be cleaning up.
With El Nino still in progress, it will be awhile before damages related to the storm can be fully assessed. Scientist can’t right now put a clear link between the effects of climate change had on El Nino storms, but certainly the effect of El Nino has reached all corners of the countries landscape.
President Obama signed a federal emergency declaration on Jan. 2, which allowed federal aid to help the state in its rebuilding effort.
The El Nino storm comes around every 6-18 months, but it will leave a large finger print on the state of Missouri.