Maybe we should start referring to this year's El Niño as Elvis. After all, scientists are now saying that the ocean temperature event, which affects global weather, is possibly one of the most powerful since the days when The King at the top of the charts.
In its latest update, the World Meteorological Organization - the UN's authoritative body for studying weather and ocean-atmosphere interaction - says the 2015-2016 El Niño event is the strongest since 1997-1998 and is potentially among the four strongest events since 1950.
WMO also said that the peak strength of this El Niño is expected to occur from October to next January, but that its impacts are already evident in some regions and will be more apparent for at least the next four to eight months.
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In case you're still unclear on the concept, The Scripps Institution of Oceanography explains that El Niño is a temporary change in the climate of the Pacific ocean, in the region around the equator, which becomes slightly warmer. Normally, east-to-west winds push warm water westward and pull up colder deep water to replace it in the east, moderating ocean temperatures.
In an El Niño season, those winds weaken, so that the warm water drifts eastward and cold water isn't pulled up to replace it. That, in turn, can cause all sorts of unusual weather effects, ranging from more intense storms along the west coast of North America and heavier rainfall in the Southeastern United States, to drought in Indonesia and Australia.
So why is this year's El Niño so potent? David Carlson, director of the WMO co-sponsored World Climate Research Programme, explains in the release that the 2015 El Niño is the first to take place since the rapid melting of Arctic sea ice and snow cover. The unprecedented combination of these two factors has us heading into uncharted weather territory.
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"This is a new planet," Carlson says. "Will the two patterns reinforce each other or cancel each other? We have no precedent. Climate change is increasingly going to put us in this situation. We don't have a previous event like this."
Here's the historical data on El Niño events since 1950.